Risk of early death doubles in deprived parts of the UK compared to more affluent parts, study shows

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  • Half of early deaths in the UK are due to behavioral risk factors like smoking and drinking
  • Health care providers must find more effective solutions, the authors say

(CNN)Residents of the UK are twice as likely to die early if they live in deprived parts of England than the more affluent parts, a new analysis has revealed.

Rates of premature mortality were consistently higher in the 15 most deprived parts of the country compared to the 15 least deprived.
The new findings show that the leading cause of death in the UK was heart disease in 2016, with rates two times higher in men than women. Lung cancer came second and stroke was third.
    Self-harm was the third leading cause of early deaths among men, according to the study published Wednesday.
    Half of all early deaths across the country that same year were due to behavioral risk factors such as tobacco, bad diets, alcohol and drug use, obesity and high blood pressure.
    The team of UK scientists behind the study hope the data will help policy makers manage resources and priorities to the level of burden and risk factors in different regions, with more appropriate interventions to improve diets and lower rates of smoking.