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

The National Center for Health Statistics released data concerning the top 10 causes of death in the U.S. in 2016. Since then, the numbers have continued to climb. Avoid becoming a statistic by becoming aware of these causes and how you can fight them in your life.

Top 10 Causes of Death in the US

1. Heart Disease: 24.1% of Deaths

Health risks for heart disease include:

  • Smoking
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Obesity

Fighting against the risk of heart disease is as simple as quitting smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, and exercising at least 30 minutes a day.

2. Cancer: 22.7% of Deaths

We don’t yet have a definite idea on what exactly causes cancer. Scientists do know that using tobacco, dangerous exposure to sunlight, and prolonged contact with substances like asbestos can increase your likelihood of developing cancer.

3. Chronic Lung Diseases: 5.9% of Deaths

Protect your lungs from lung disease by avoiding substances that damage your lungs. Smoking can exacerbate chronic lung disease. A history of asthma can also contribute chronic lung disease.

4. Accidents: 5.6%

More than 28 million emergency room visits each year are due to accidents. It’s important to be cautious in unfamiliar situations and avoid driving if you’re incapacitated.

5. Stroke: 5.3%

Some contributing factors of stroke include:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Smoking
  • Taking birth control

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can help reduce your risk of stroke. Exercise, healthy diet, and controlling your blood pressure and blood sugar levels can help you avoid a stroke.

6. Alzheimer’s Disease: 3.9%

Alzheimer’s is often called “The Long Goodbye.” Scientists don’t know exactly what causes this disease, but they believe genes and environment are contributing factors. Eating a healthy diet and keeping your brain active are both thought to help minimize your health risks for developing Alzheimer’s.

7. Diabetes: 3.0%

Obesity, low levels of good cholesterol, and a stationary lifestyle raise your risk for diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is unpreventable, but type 2 diabetes may be prevented with healthy habits.

8. Influenza and Pneumonia: 2.2%

You can protect your family and those around you from the flu by getting vaccinated every year. Wash your hands regularly during flu season and avoid anyone you suspect has the illness.

9. Kidney Disease: 1.9%

Kidney disease is more common among people with other chronic diseases like high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity. Maintaining healthy practices can help lower your risk of kidney disease.

10. Suicide: 1.7%

Stress, depression, brain injuries, and alcohol and drug abuse are all common factors in this tragedy. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is here to help.

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