The impact of poverty on women’s health

A new report from Glasgow Centre for Population Health shows a growing divide between the health and mortality of women from the most affluent areas and those in poor areas.  Figures in Glasgow are particularly stark – those in the most affluent parts of the city are expected to reach 85.2 years, while women from the most deprived areas are expected to reach just 74.5.  While people are living longer across all income streams, the gap between those at the top and those at the bottom is growing.

The report demonstrates the detrimental impact of poverty on women’s health.  Women are more likely to live in poverty than men, often because of care responsibilities, however, life expectancy for men in the most deprived area of the city is still around 13 years lower than in the most affluent.

The authors describe the need for action to reduce health inequalities across the city as urgent and while work in the city to achieve this is ongoing, Glasgow still has the worst health outcomes in Scotland.

Source: Glasgow Centre for Population Health

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