Top 10 Most Important Causes of Death in the United States of America

Leading causes of death in USA

As per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), two diseases viz. heart disease and cancer are the most common causes of death in the United States of America. Both of the diseases accounted for half (46%) of deaths in America. Followed by these, the third spot has been taken by accidents. As per CDC, the other causes of deaths in USA are respiratory congestion, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, kidney disease, liver disease and influenza and pneumonia.

Here, we will discuss about the factual data of the diseases, its causes, and what lifestyle preventive measures should be taken to control the death rates.

Top 10 causes of death in the US

  1. Heart disease
  • Heart disease is the foremost leading cause of death in the US.
  • It is accounted for about 23.1 percent of all the deaths.
  • It is more common in men than women.
  • The main reasons of this diseases are heart beat problems, high level of cholesterol and irregular functioning of hearts and stress.
  • Preventive tips: Do Yoga and Meditation, Brisk walk and focus on healthy diet
  1. Cancer
  • Cancer is the second most important cause of death in America and causes for 21.7% of death.
  • It can be to anyone. However, may be seen who are alcoholic, obese, and people with family history of this disease.
  • The main cause of the disease is the irregular division of cells.
  • The preventive tips are yoga & meditation, focus on healthy and natural diets and do regular check up.
  1. Accidents
  • It is the third most leading cause of death and accounted for 5.9% of total death.
  • The important reasons are vehicle, and unintentional one.
  • The best preventive measures are awareness and careful driving.

4. Respiratory diseases

  • Respiratory issues and problems are the fourth common death reason in USA and accounted for 5.6 % of total deaths.
  • It is more common among men and people of lower income groups.
  • The basic reasons for the disease is asthma, respiratory congestion, COPD, use of tobacco and smoking
  • The preventive measures: Do Breathing exercises and Pranayama. Skip smoking.

5. Stroke

  • The fifth most important reason for death in USA is stroke, which is accounted for 5.18 %.
  • The disease is more common with men and who are having the diseases like diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure.
  • Strokes happened when the blood flow gets interrupted to the brain region.
  • The prevention tips: regular exercise, Yoga, breathing exercise, especially Kapalbhati, eating of healthy diet.

6. Alzheimer’s disease

  • About 4. 23% of death are reported due to this disease.
  • The disease is more common among the women, people of age 65 plus and who has family history of it.
  • The reasons of the disease are uncertain. However, genetic factor and lifestyle aspects may be responsible for this.
  • The preventive tips for this disease are regular exercise, yoga and meditation, eating of fresh and healthy foods, participation in quiz and puzzles.

7. Diabetes

  • The disease is not only rampant in USA but widely spread all over the world. As far as USA is concerned, it accounted for 2.9 percent of total deaths in America.
  • The reason of Type 1 diabetes is insufficient production of insulin by the pancreas and the reason for type 2 diabetes is insulin resistance. It can be prevented by doing yoga.
  • The other preventive measures are eating of fresh fruits and vegetables, doing 30 minutes of exercise everyday and focus on maintaining of glucose level.

8. Influenza

  • Influenza and pneumonia are also one of the important reasons in America. Total 1.88 percent of deaths are occurred due to it.
  • It is more common with children and pregnant mother.
  • It is a communicable disease, caused due to viral infection, and more common in winter.
  • As far as preventive aspects are concerned, one should be vaccinated. Wash your hands on regular basis.

9. Kidney disease

  • The percent of total deaths occurred due to this disease is 1.8 percent.
  • It is more common with obese people and people with chronic health conditions viz. high blood pressure and diabetes. The main cause of the disease is nephritis and nephrosis. The preventive tips are more intake of water, regular exercise and low sodium diet.

10. Suicide

  • This is also one of the important cause of death in USA. About 1.64 percent of people lost their life through suicide.
  • It is more common with men, who are associated with depression, alcohol addict, etc.
  • The preventive aspects can be spending more time with family, friends and peer groups.

Top 12 infectious diseases in the U.S.

  1. Chlamydia-A sexually transmitted disease
  2. Influenza A & B
  3. Staph-Infection on skin through certain type of bacteria.
  4. E. Coli
  5. Herpes Simplex 1
  6. Shigellosis
  7. Syphilis
  8. Gonorrhea
  9. Salmonella
  10. Hepatitis C
  11. HIV
  12. Common Cold

Epidemics and Outbreaks in the United States

  • 1775-1782: Smallpox
  • 1793: Yellow fever
  • 1829-1851: Cholera
  • 1847: Typhus
  • 1863-75: Cholera
  • 1900-1904: Plague
  • 1918: Flu
  • 1976: Legionellosis
  • 1985: Salmonellosis
  • 1985: Listeriosis
  • 2006: E Coli
  • 2009: Flu
  • 2011: Listeriosis
  • 2019: COVID-19
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