East Lindsey scores poorly in new health survey

East Lindsey's health is worse than the national levels.
East Lindsey's health is worse than the national levels.

East Lindsey’s life expectancy is considerably lower than the national average with more smokers, poor levels of physical exercise and the worst diabetes rate in England, new data shows.

The updated health profiles for the district produced by Public Health England also revealed higher than average levels of teenage pregnancy, infant deaths and mothers who smoked while with child.

East Lindsey’s men can expect to live and average of 77.7 years whereas women reach an average age of 81.4 - placing both in nation’s lowest quartile.

However, East Lindsey also suffers greater than average health inequality between social classes. The most deprived men die an average of 6.6 years younger than those at the lower end of the scale and the difference for women is 4.7 years.

There are also higher than average levels of deprivation and child poverty throughout the district, particularly on the coast.

On a positive, the district has comparatively low levels of skin cancer, drug misuse and acute sexually transmitted disease.

Over the last 10 yeas, all cause mortality rates have fallen.

Chris Weston, assistant director of public health at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “Health profiles are designed to help local government and health services understand their community’s needs, so we can help improve people’s health and reduce health inequalities.

“We use the information in the profiles with our own data and evidence to give us an indication as to where targeted public health work needs to be done and what the key health issues are affecting our county that need to be addressed.”