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[Correspondence] Future inequalities in life expectancy in England and Wales

We noted with interest the much greater increase in life expectancy for men than for women in England and Wales forecast to 2030 by James Bennett and colleagues (July 11, p 163).1 The expected rate of increase in life expectancy for men not only far exceeds the rate of increase in world-record life expectancy (4 months per year according to Bennett and colleagues vs 3 months per year according to the increase in world-record life expectancy2), but also induces a sharp reduction in the life expectancy gap between the sexes towards values that could be considered biologically implausible.

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