East Ayrshire has the one of the lowest life expectancy rates in the whole of the UK for both men and women aged 40, according to new figures.

Care experts Guardian Carers analysed data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) to reveal the life expectancy from the age of 40 for each local authority in the UK.

They found that only nine council areas in the whole country had a lower life expectancy rate than East Ayrshire.

Women living in this area are expected to live on average for a further 40.97 years once they hit 40.

Men have an average 37.3 years more from the ages of 40.

Glasgow City has the lowest expectancy for the whole of the UK, with an average of 39.3 years for 40-year-old women and 34.8 years for men of the same age.

At the other end of the scale, a 40-year-old woman living in Kensington and Chelsea has the highest remaining life expectancy compared to any other UK area. 

Women living in the affluent London borough can expect to live for 48.6 more years after turning 40, while men of the same age can expect 45.5 more years of life.

A spokesperson for Guardian Carers said: “The disparities seen between areas of the UK in this analysis could highlight major problems in social, economic or health-related factors. It also shines a light on the finding that women across the UK are expected to live longer than men.

"The age of 40 marks the typical midway through an average lifetime, and it is fascinating to see how many years people can expect to live further, in each location.”