Are You at Risk for the Top 10 Causes of Death in the US? 

The National Center for Health Statistics recently released data concerning the top 10 causes of death in the U.S.

Being aware of these causes and the health risks for developing them is vital if you want to avoid becoming a statistic.

Top 10 Causes of Death in the US

1. Heart Disease: 23.4% of Deaths

Health risks for heart disease include smoking, high cholesterol and high blood pressure, which can all be controlled.

2. Cancer: 22.5% of Deaths

While scientists don’t know what causes cancer, they do know that tobacco use, sunlight exposure and contact with certain substances can increase the likelihood of developing the disease.

3. Chronic Lung Diseases: 5.6% of Deaths

Protecting your lungs from damage is the best thing you can do to manage your health risks for lung disease.

4. Accidents: 5.2%

Asking for assistance and driving safely can help you avoid becoming the victim of an accident.

5. Stroke: 5.1%

If you have diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and are a smoker, then your health risks for stroke are enormous. Manage these conditions, and you decrease your odds of having a stroke.

6. Alzheimer’s Disease: 3.6%

Eating a healthy diet and keeping your brain active are both thought to help minimize your health risks for developing Alzheimer’s.

7. Diabetes: 2.9%

People who are obese, have low levels of good cholesterol and a sedentary lifestyle have many of the classic health risks for diabetes.

8. Influenza and Pneumonia: 2.1%

These infectious diseases are frightening conditions, both of which can be managed and perhaps even prevented with vaccines.

9. Kidney Disease: 1.8%

If you are a smoker, have heart disease, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, then you are prone to kidney disease.

10. Suicide: 1.6%

When stress exceeds coping capabilities, sometimes people tragically take their own lives.

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