Research from Imperial College London suggests there is a narrowing gap in life expectancy between men and women in England and Wales. It is predicted that, by 2030, men could live to age 85.7 years on average. This prediction for men would be only two years fewer than for women; whereas in 1981 men had a lower life expectancy than women of six years . Life expectancy is improving for both sexes, but there appear to be widening health / life expectancy inequalities between deprived and more affluent areas.
Mundasad, S. (2015). Men ‘catching up’ on life expectancy. London: BBC Health News, April 30th 2015.
This relates to:
Bennett, JE. Li, G. [and] Foreman, K. [et a] (2015). The future of life expectancy and life expectancy inequalities in England and Wales: Bayesian spatiotemporal forecasting. The Lancet. April 29th 2015. [Epub ahead of print].