Health and life expectancy

Health issues facing Bradford District

Life expectancy

Figures published by the Department for Health about life expectancy in 2020-22 for both males and females at birth shows that the average life expectancy rate at birth for people in Bradford District is higher for females at 81.1 years than for males at 76.6 years. Females born in the most deprived areas can expect to live an average 9 years less than the average and for males it is 11 years less. The urban inner city wards of Manningham, Bradford Moor, City, Keighley Central, Tong and Bowling & Barkerend have the lowest life expectancies, whereas the outer rural wards of Bingley Rural, Worth Valley, Ilkley and Wharfedale have the highest life expectancies.


The prevalence of diabetes in Bradford continues to rise and remains above the England average. Figures published by Diabetes UK in February 2020 found that Bradford, Harrow and Leicester had the highest prevalence of diabetes in the country. The organisation revealed that 10.81% of people in Bradford, 12,116 residents have been diagnosed with diabetes compared to 6.9% of the wider population across the UK. The rates for Harrow and Leicester were 9.79% and 9.37% respectively. Prevalence increases with age and is higher in certain ethnic groups.

Alcohol abuse

Admissions to hospital for alcohol related harm are higher than the England and regional averages. In 2019-20 there were 2,910 admissions to hospital for alcohol-related conditions in the District with a rate of 620 per 100,000 population, compared to 560 per 100,000 for Yorkshire and the Humber and 520 per 100,000 for England. Rates for males in Bradford (810 per 100,000) are considerably higher than rates for females (440 per 100,000)


The number of people registered with cancer continues to increase as the population grows and more people survive for longer. In 2017/18 there were more than 13,000 patients registered with cancer in the District. There are approximately 580 deaths per year due to cancer in the under 75s. Although mortality rates have been falling, they are still above the average for England. In 2015 – 2017 the age standardised mortality rate for cancer in the under 75s was 152.1 deaths per 100,000 population compared to the England average rate of 134.6 per 100,000 population.

Heart disease

The mortality rate for Coronary Heart Disease has fallen since 2001 reflecting both regional and national trends although rates have remained roughly the same in recent years.  Rates remain above the national average.  In 2015-17 the age standardised mortality rate for cardiovascular disease was 102.2 deaths per 100,000 population compared to the England average of 72.5 deaths per 100,000 population.  Due to the stabilisation of the rates in recent years, the gap between Bradford and England has widened.

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