By Sam Blanchard Senior Health Reporter For Mailonline
Published: 13:34 GMT, 2 December 2019 | Updated: 13:38 GMT, 2 December 2019
Babies born in 2043 are not expected to live as long as we thought they might two years ago, according to official statistics.
Predicted life expectancy for people born in the UK has now had more than two-and-a-half years shaved off it as improvements in helping people live longer are stalling.
Figures released today revealed babies born last year can be expected to live until the age of 87 if they're a boy and 90 if they're a girl.
This takes into account health improvements which are predicted to happen during their lifetimes.
But these improvements are not happening as quickly as officials thought they would.
Predictions of the lifespans of babies born in 2043, made in 2018, are now lower than the prediction made for the same group just two years ago.
Think-tank the Health Foundation said in a recent report that rising alcohol and drug deaths, and inequalities between rich and poor people were slowing down progress.
Babies born in 2018 have a predicted life expectancy of 87 for boys or 90 for girls, which takes into account how much life expectancy is predicted to rise during the course of their lives (stock image)
Predictions for the life expectancy of babies born in the future is being revised and has fallen by more than four years since 2014 because improvements in how long people live for are slowing down
Office for National Statistics data today revealed that gains in life expectancy have shrunk over the past eight years.
The speed of improvements is slowing so much that experts are toning down their predictions of how long people will live in the future.
In 2016, the ONS thought babies born in 2043 would have a life expectancy of 93 for boys and 95.3 for girls.
But this year, using 2018 data, this has been brought down to 90.4 for boys and 92.6 for girls – drops of 2.6 and 2.7 years respectively.
Death rates among women went up last year while they fell for men.