Female life expectancy dips

Female life expectancy dips

Female life expectancy has dropped for the first time since 1995, according to research by Public Health England.

The 22-page report called Recent Trends in Life Expectancy at Older Ages showed there was a fall for women in their 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s.

It means the average woman aged 75 can expect to live for another 13 years and five weeks - five weeks less than in 2011.

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For an 85-year-old woman the average life expectancy is nearly seven years but two and a half months less than three years ago.

Despite these figures Public Health England has said life expectancy has fluctuated over the last 30 years but the overall trend remains an upward one.