The Top 10 Leading Causes Of Death In The United States Will Surprise You

Last updated: October 19, 2019

While the United States is an amazing country, it’s also one that’s full of risks. By living in the USA, you could be more likely to experience Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, or a host of other problems that aren’t as common elsewhere in the world. To help you remain vigilant about your own health – here’s a complete list of the top 10 leading causes of death in the United States.

The following causes of death will surprise you, and hopefully even make you think twice about the risks that surround you [via Medical News Today]…

Leading Cause of Death in the US #10. Suicide (40,000+ deaths per year)

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The 10th leading cause of death in the United States is suicide, which is a problem that takes the lives of over 40,000 Americans every year. Surprisingly, suicides destroy even more American families than homicides do. Depression and mental health plays a big part in national suicide rates. Knowing this, it’s safe to say that the US is experiencing a mental health crisis that hasn’t been seen before.

Leading Cause of Death in the US #9. Kidney disease (nephritis) (47,000+ deaths per year)

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Chronic kidney disease occurs when the kidneys are damaged and can’t filter blood as well as healthy kidneys can. This causes waste from the blood to remain in the body, which can trigger serious health complications. The National Kidney Foundation has explained that quitting smoking and exercising more often can help to reduce the risk of kidney disease.

Leading Cause of Death in the US #8. Influenza and pneumonia (53,000+ deaths per year)

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Influenza is the extremely contagious viral infection that’s more commonly known as the “flu.” It’s also the cause of 3,000 American deaths every year. Influenza is also easily complicated by pneumonia, which causes 50,000+ American deaths annually. Pneumonia occurs when the air sacs in your lungs become filled with pus and other liquids, which prevents oxygen from getting to your bloodstream. The best way to protect yourself from influenza and pneumonia is to start strengthening your immune system today.

Leading Cause of Death in the US #7. Diabetes (75,000+ deaths per year)

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Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States – even though it’s a preventable disease. Diabetes normally occurs because of poor health and lifestyle factors like obesity, inactivity, and lack of nutrition. The best way to prevent diabetes is to limit your intake of bad foods, begin exercising daily, and speak with a medical professional to determine if your family history puts you at a greater risk.

Leading Cause of Death in the US #6. Alzheimer’s disease (84,000+ deaths per year)

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Alzheimer’s disease is a progression of mental deterioration that can impact almost anyone, although it often impacts elderly Americans the most. The result of Alzheimer’s disease is typically terrible for the victim, as well as for the family members or loved ones who must care for them. To help prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, you can eat a rich Mediterranean diet, limit your intake of alcohol, and do your best to stay mentally active. Some people even swear by going on daily walks or runs to naturally release certain brain chemicals that help keep you engaged with the world.

Leading Cause of Death in the US #5. Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases) (128,000+ deaths per year)

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Experiencing a stroke or cerebrovascular disease is a result of complications with the blood vessels that supply your brain. About 800,000 Americans have strokes each year, and roughly 130,00 Americans die because of them. You can imagine how important it is to take the proper steps toward managing your blood pressure, cholesterol, diet, and overall health. Interestingly, it has been shown that getting enough potassium and protein in your diet may help certain groups of people reduce the risk of experiencing a stroke.

Leading Cause of Death in the US #4. Accidents (130,000+ deaths per year)

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It’s shocking to find out that accidents are the 4th leading cause of death in the United States. Incidental injuries commonly occur because of motor vehicle accidents (car, boating, and other transportational accidents). Falling, drowning, and firearm discharges are other common accidents that result in a significant number of U.S. deaths every year. It’s also worth noting that American men are over 1.5x more likely to die of an accidental death than American women. To greatly reduce your risk of accidental death (with the least amount of effort) simply wear your seat belt when you’re in a motor vehicle.

Leading Cause of Death in the US #3. Chronic lower respiratory disease (CLRD) (149,000+ deaths per year)

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Chronic lower respiratory diseases consist of diseases like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema, asthma, and chronic bronchitis. These unfortunate lung conditions tend to impact older Americans the most. Ensuring that you stay far away from smoking, second-hand smoke, toxic air, and poisonous fumes are some of the most important measures you can take to prevent COPD from striking.

Leading Cause of Death in the US #2. Cancer (584,000+ deaths per year)

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Cancer is a group of diseases caused by the growth of abnormal cells in the body. If your cancer isn’t treated and controlled, it can cause critical bodily functions to stop working, and ultimately provoke death. The most common form of cancer is lung cancer, which anyone can get at any age, although exposing yourself to carcinogens (like tobacco smoke) significantly increases your risk. Interestingly, the World Cancer Research Fund has claimed that in countries like the USA, about 1/3 of cancer is linked to obesity, inactivity, poor diet, and other potentially preventable health factors.

Leading Cause of Death in the US #1. Heart disease (611,000+ deaths per year)

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Of all the leading causes of death in the United States, the worst is heart disease, which is a general term that describes conditions related to the build up of plaque in the walls of your heart’s arteries. Heart disease can often be prevented by managing your stress, cholesterol, and blood pressure. While this is much easier said than done – making sure that you’re protecting your heart is essential to stopping the leading cause of death in the U.S.

Kasey Taylor (Health and Experiences)

Kasey Taylor (Health and Experiences)

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