Glasgow City Region

Male life expectancy compared across the Glasgow City Region
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Male life expectancy in Scotland has increased over the last 25 years, but this improvement has stalled in recent years. From 2012-2014 to 2017-2019, there was barely any rise in male life expectancy at a Scottish level and male life expectancy started to reduce in several authorities. In 2018-2020, increased mortality due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which began in early 2020, has led to a sharp reduction in life expectancy. 

Male life expectancy increased overall in every local authority in the Glasgow City Region over the last 25 years. However, the graph illustrates the large inequalities in health that exist in the region.  Male life expectancy in East Dunbartonshire is estimated to be 7 years longer than in Glasgow.

Female life expectancy compared across the Glasgow City Region
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Female life expectancy in Scotland has increased over the last 25 years, but, as for men, there has been a flattening off in this improvement in recent years. In the period 2012-2014 to 2017-2019, there was no improvement in female life expectancy at a national level and female life expectancy reduced in several of the Glasgow Region local authorities, including Glasgow and most notably in Inverclyde. In the most recent period shown, 2018-20, increased mortality due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which began in early 2020, has led to a further reduction in life expectancy.

The graph also illustrates the large inequalities in health that exist in the region. Female life expectancy in East Renfrewshire is estimated to be 5.7 years longer than in Glasgow.

The deteriorating relative position of West Dunbartonshire in terms of life expectancy is notable. While over the last 25 years female life expectancy in West Dunbartonshire has increased, improvements have been more modest than in other authorities and so its position has deteriorated relative to the other Glasgow and Clyde Valley councils. Female life expectancy in West Dunbartonshire is now only marginally higher than in Glasgow. 

Similarly, Inverclyde's relative position has also been deteriorating with estimated female life expectancy in the authority having reduced in the last seven periods reported.

Notes

The data underlying these graphs come from National Records of Scotland.

In August 2021 the GCPH published Health in a changing city: Glasgow 2021a report that examined demographic, socio-economic, environmental and health trends in Glasgow over the last two decades and included trends in life expectancy by neighbourhood and by deprivation were included.

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