The life expectancy for people living in England has risen by 5.4 years since 1990, with the average person now expected to live until more than 80 years of age.
A study carried out by Public Health England (PHE) found life expectancy rose from 75.9 years to 81.3 years between 1990 & 2013.
The gains were greater for men than women, with men expected to live an extra 6.4 years compared to 25 years ago.
But women still generally live longer, with the figures showing an average life expectancy for women of 83.2 years compared to 79.5 years for men.
The increase has been ascribed to a slowdown in the number of deaths from cardiovascular disease, stroke & chronic obstructive pulmonary disease over the last two decades.
But while life expectancy has grown for the general population, large inequalities remain for people living in deprived areas.
The study found that despite having the same health & social care system as the rest of the country, regions such as the North East & North West are ranked among the worst-performing nations for life expectancy.
The study, which was published in The Lancet, shows poor diet & smoking are the biggest risks for premature death among people in England.
Co-author Dr Adam Briggs said: “Life expectancy in 2013 for those living in the most deprived areas was still lower than those in less deprived areas enjoyed in 1990.
“How deprived you are is the key driver of these differences rather than where you live & therefore deprivation & its causes need to be tackled wherever they occur.”
PHE Professor John Newton described wide-ranging causes of inequality as “deep-rooted & persistent & lie largely outside the he healthcare system”.
“Preventatives services do help,” he added.
“In terms of the NHS, we need to make sure that preventative services are available to people regardless of their circumstances so that we do not obtain difference in uptake, vaccination & screening.”
Source: “Sky News”