People in the UK are twice as prone to die early if they live in impoverished parts of town than the wealthier parts, according to a new study.
The rate of premature deaths was higher in the 15 most deprived parts than in the 15 least deprived parts of the country.
The new study shows that the most common cause of death in the UK was heart disease in 2016, with rates double in men. Lung cancer is cited second and stroke third, CNN reports.
Self-inflicted injuries or risks were the third leading cause of premature deaths among men, according to the study published on Oct 24.
Behavioral risk factors, such as smoking, poor diets, alcohol and drug use, obesity, and high blood pressure, contributed to half of all early deaths in the country that same year.
The team of UK scientists who conducted the study hope the findings will help policy makers allocate resources and manage priorities according to the burden and risk factors in different regions, with tailored interventions to improve diets and lower smoking.
The study is based on data from the Global Burden of Disease estimates for the UK on years of life lost, years lived with disability, and disability-adjusted life-years from 1990 to 2016 for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and 150 English Local Authorities.
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