OPINION: Shout louder for help

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If you’re lucky enough to live in Dore or Totley you’re likely to live up to 10 years longer than someone in the “poorer” parts of Sheffield.

That’s a fact – and it is a pattern that will be repeated across South Yorkshire.

To be fair, the stats aren’t really news. Heart disease, some cancers, problems linked to alcohol and obesity obesity and mental health are all known to be higher in our disadvantaged communities.

Staying healthy can be hard when you’re poor; fresh food can cost more and gym membership isn’t an option. When you’re struggling to survive, you’re more likely to suffer from stress and other forms of mental illness.

Just getting by – and enjoying a few little pleasures that may not be good for you if you can – is the priority for many. And who can blame them?

As you’d expect the health boffins are doing a lot of work around education and early intervention on the basis that prevention is better than cure.

But what is really interesting is that health cash goes where the demand is – and in poorer areas, people just aren’t bothering their GPs enough – unlike the worried well in other areas.

So, shout louder – and possibly live longer.