According to a study into the latest life expectancy figures by life insurance experts, Reassured, women live for around three years longer than men in Lincolnshire – 82.8 years versus 79.3 years.
They looked at the latest ONS data, and then considered how factors such as gender, where you live, if you’re married, and even if you have kids could all play a part in how many years you live for.
Nationwide, the current life expectancy for women is 87.2 years and 84.3 years for men, so Lincolnshire is a little behind right now, but of course these figures will vary quite a bit by location – the average for the East Midlands region as a whole is 87.3 years for women and 84.6 years for men which is slightly up on the national numbers.
The South East of England is where Brits are currently living the longest – around 86 years for men and 88.3 years for women.
While the three-year life expectancy gender gap in Lincolnshire may seem a bit worrying at first glance, the statistics show that it’s actually pretty normal, as women typically live almost three years longer than men.
Interestingly marriage also affects how long people live for and it appears to suit men better than women. When married, the average life expectancy for a man increases by 1.1 years but married women typically see a drop in their life expectancy of around a year. In Lincolnshire, the life expectancy for a married woman is 81.8 years and for married men it’s 80.4 years.
Parenthood is not known for being easy, but other leading research suggests that parents may actually want to thank their kids, as being a parent can lead to a higher life expectancy. Parents typically live for around three years more than those who are childless. Perhaps having kids gives people a reason to live and stay in good health – it can’t be those sleepless nights that are helping us live for longer, that’s for sure!
One statistic that is also worth looking into is ‘time in good health’ – this is a percentage that indicates what proportion of our lives we can expect to be in ‘good health,’ based on the data analysis by the ONS.
In Lincolnshire, women spend around 75% of their lives in good health, whereas for men it’s actually a little higher at 78%.
Those in the beautiful Orkney Islands in Scotland are enjoying the most years in ‘good health’ right now (around 90%), whereas those living in Blackpool are sadly experiencing the least years in ‘good health’ (around 70%), according to the most recent figures.
Across the world, the current average life expectancy in 2021 is 72.8 years – which is 0.24% higher than last year but a fair bit lower than the UK figures. People living in Hong Kong, Japan, Macao, Switzerland and Singapore currently have the longest life expectancy of anywhere in the world.
Steve Marshall, CEO at Reassured added: “Following what has been a year of much turbulence and uncertainty, many of us are likely to have spent at least some time re-evaluating what is truly important, whether it be our partner, the children, the grandchildren, or the family home.
“Life is often described as being short. But it’s fascinating to see how many elements of our everyday lives can impact these numbers, which is why we believe it’s so essential to cherish the moments we have with our loved ones, and to also ensure we have the necessary financial protection in place. This is why we are so passionate about life insurance and the peace of mind it can help provide.
“Life insurance provides an affordable financial safety blanket to protect loved ones if we are no longer around to provide for them. The funds from a life insurance pay out are often used to cover the mortgage, meet family living costs, clear debt, cover household bills or even pay rising funeral expenses.”
There are other things you can do to help increase your life expectancy too, such as staying physically active, avoiding overeating, trying to keep your stress levels down, moderating your alcohol intake and not smoking.