More Ontarians now living past age 75

More people in Ontario are living past the age of 75, a new public health study has found, but the gains in longevity are seen mostly around the Greater Toronto Area.

The Ontario Atlas of Adult Mortality, released last week, found the premature mortality rate – deaths before the age of 75 — declined by about 20 per cent between 1992 and 2015.

But the research team, led by Laura Rosella of the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health, found that not every part of province, which is divided into 14 geographic areas directed by a Local Health Integration Network, or LHINs, saw the same level of improvement.

The Ontario Ministry of Health says it has taken steps to ensure equal access to health care across the province, but acknowledges more work remains to be done.

The mortality atlas revealed that the northern and outer southern regions of Ontario had higher percentages of smokers, heavy drinkers and overweight or obese people between 2000 and 2010 compared with the central parts of the province.

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