Top 10 Leading Causes of Death

You should know that heart disease is the #1 cause of death – but do you know what the other top 10 causes of death are?

The Top 10 Causes of Death

The first two causes of death in the United States account for over 50 percent.  These percentages are different – depending on where you live, but because of our poor nutrition habits and lack of exercise, heart disease is #1.  Here are the top 10:

#1 – Heart Disease

#2 – Cancer

#3 – Cerebrovascular Disease (Strokes)

#4 – Chronic lower respiratory diseases

#5 – Accidents

#6 – Diabetes

#7 – Flu / Pneumonia

#8 – Alzheimer’s disease

#9 – Kidney disease

#10 – Septicemia (blood poisoning)

Does this list surprise you?   There are so many kinds of cancer - but the top 5 leading causes of death from cancer are:  Lung and COPD, followed by colon, breast pancreatic and prostate

Chronic lower respiratory disease includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema.  If you have chronic bronchitis, the cells lining the inside of your bronchi are continuously red and swollen – and your airways in your lungs become more narrow and partially clogged by mucus.  This mucus will block your airways because it can’t be cleared.  The mucus is thicker and more difficult to cough up. This means it’s easier for bacteria to settle in your lower airways and become infected.  Chronic bronchitis is most often caused from cigarette smoke, but can be caused from other things.  The main symptoms of chronic bronchitis are:  a persistent cough (that doesn’t go away) and extra mucus in the lungs.

Diabetes is on the rise.  It is estimated that by 2030, more than 552 million people (1 in 10) could be diabetic.  This is a huge wake up call as many cases can be prevented if we would change our sedentary lifestyles and weight gain.   Cerebrovascular disease is also linked to diabetes and high blood pressure.

Diabetes and high blood pressure are the most common causes for kidney disease.  Diabetes is a leading reason why people need dialysis or a kidney transplant.

Were you surprised at the #10 cause - Septicemia?  It is a life-threatening infection that gets worse very quickly and is often fatal.  The most common cause is from a bacterial infection that increases your immune system to fight the infection.  Chemicals released into the blood to fight the infection can trigger widespread inflammation.  This is one reason why it is so crticial to avoid any kind of infection after an operation or an open incision.

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  1. Interesting information.

  2. Interesting list, I thought that accidents may have been higher.

  3. Stuart – there isn’t a lot lot of difference once you get past the first 2.

  4. good info

  5. We have to take care of ourselves.

  6. Thanks for your comments – yes we need to take care of ourselves.

  7. And since being overweight can bring on several of these, it’s a timely reminder to watch your weight too.

  8. Wow this only serves to remind me how fragile life is.

  9. Wow this only serves to remind me how fragile life is.

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