Study: People in poor areas die earlier

PEOPLE in poor and less developed areas of Slovakia have a lower life expectancy than those living in developed and wealthier regions, a study by the Demographic Research Centre (VDC) shows.

According to the daily SME, the recent study shows that men and women in the South and South-East of Slovakia have a shorter lifespan than people in developed areas such as Bratislava, Piešťany and Prievidza.

According to demographer Danuša Jurčová, unemployment is a contributing factor, causing stress that has a negative impact on physical and mental health.

In 2003 the overall average life expectancy for women was 77.6 and 69.8 for men.

Compiled by Martina Jurinová from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

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