Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have revealed UK life expectancy is increasing, but regional and gender differences are becoming more pronounced.
The data reveal that men are closing the gap on women with boys born in the UK between 2005 and 2007 expected to live to 77.2 years old, while girls could expect to live to 81.5. In 1991–93, the comparable figures were 73.4 years for males and 78.8 years for females.
This means males are living 3.8 years longer, females 2.7 years longer, and women's extra life expectancy has been cut from 5.4 years to 4.3 years.
The biggest improvements between 1991–93 and 2005–07 were in London, which saw an increase of 4.6 years for males and 3.1 years for females.
The second largest increases were in the north east, with 4.3 years for males and three years for females.
Glasgow City had the shortest life expectancy at birth for both sexes, while Kensington and Chelsea in London had the longest.
In the same period, life expectancy at birth improved in all countries and regions of the UK.