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Top 10 Causes of Death in the United States

Obestiy, Leading Cause of Death

As Jerome P. Crabb said, “Dying is like getting audited by the IRS – something that only happens to other people… until it happens to you.” While Americans are building underground bunkers and prepping for the apocalypse, they are ignoring the very real dangers that will actually kill them. Yes, it is way more fun to blow shit up while carrying AR-15’s in preparation for zombie alien invaders, hell bent on destroying our planet, than it is to have yearly physicals and eat healthy. So, until the zombie aliens arrive, here are the top 10 causes of death in the United States:

(Maps show where each cause of death is prevalent or low. Click on links below to see exact numbers for specific areas.)

10. Sepsis/Blood Poisoning

blood poisoning


Sometimes called blood poisoning, sepsis is the body’s often deadly response to infection or injury. It is a medical emergency that requires early detection and treatment, and kills approximately 258,000 Americans each year. The causes of sepsis range from falling and skinning your knee, to bacteria entering a surgical site at a hospital.

What you can do:

* Keep your immune system strong by eating lots of fruits and vegetables, and avoiding stress.

* Wash your hands often.

* Take care of any open wounds, no matter the size.  Keep the area clean and free from germs.

* Stay away from people with infections, such as pneumonia.

* Be aware in hospitals. Make sure anyone who enters your room washes their hands, and have doctors take off ties before examining you. Ties are rarely washes, and can carry loads of germs.

9. Nephritis/Kidney Disease

 kidney disease


Kidney disease damages your kidneys, preventing them from cleaning your blood as well as they should. This damage can cause wastes to build up in your body and lead to other health problems, including heart disease, anemia and bone disease. If left untreated, chronic kidney disease will lead to kidney failure.

What you can do:

* Eat healthier foods with less salt and salt substitutes.

* Exercise

* Keep your blood pressure and cholesterol in a healthy range.

* Stay hydrated

8. Influenza and Pneumonia



The data for influenza and pneumonia are grouped together because the two are so strongly linked. Influenza is a highly contagious viral infection that is one of the most severe illnesses of the winter season. Depending on the severity, 15 to 61 million Americans contract the flu each year. In the U.S, the flue is responsible for 226,000 hospitalizations and 36,000 deaths annually. There are also different strains of the flu forming, such as H1N1 and the Swine Flu.

Pneumonia is a serious infection of the lungs. The air sacs in the lungs become inflamed and fill with pus and other liquid, making it difficult for oxygen to reach the blood through them. Bacterial pneumonia is often a secondary illness caused by the flu, but pneumonia can also be caused by viral and mycoplasmas. One of the leading causes of death in infants is RSV, a viral form of pneumonia.

What you can do:

* Keep your immune system strong by eating healthy, exercise and reducing stress.

* Wash your hands often.

* Stay away from infected people.

* Get a persistent cough checked out by a physician.

* If you are sick, don’t lie on your back; elevate your body slightly to keep fluids from collecting in your lungs.

7. Alzheimer’s Disease



Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia among older adults. It involves parts of the brain that control thought, memory, and language and can seriously affect a person’s ability to carry out daily activities. Although scientists are learning more every day, right now, they still do not know what causes Alzheimer’s disease.

What you can do:

* Regular exercise

* Healthy diet

* Mental stimulation

* Quality sleep

* Stress management

* Active social life

* Ballroom dancing has been proven to help slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.  It not only provides exercise, but also mental stimulation, stress management, and an active social life.


6. Diabetes



Diabetes is a disease in which the body has a shortage of insulin, a decreased ability to use insulin, or both. Insulin is a hormone that allows glucose (sugar) to enter cells and be converted to energy. When diabetes is not controlled, glucose and fats remain in the blood and, over time, damage vital organs.

What you can do:

* Become physically active

* Get plenty of fiber

* Eat more whole grains. Although research is unclear, it helps lower sugar levels in blood.

* Lose extra weight

* Stop fad diets and make healthier choices

5. Accidents or Unintentional Injuries



Accidents and injuries can range from automobile accidents to falling off a ladder.

What you can do:

True accidents are rare. Most accidents occur when we are not paying attention, or do things that we know hold a certain amount of risk. Reduce the likelihood of an accident or injury happening to you by being more aware, and educating yourself on how to prevent certain types of accidents.

4. Chronic Lung Disease

lung disease


Lung disease refers to disorders that affect the lungs, the organs that allow us to breathe. Breathing problems caused by lung disease may prevent the body from getting enough oxygen. Lung disease includes asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema and cancer.

What you can do:

* Don’t smoke

* Avoid lung hazards, such as indoor and outdoor pollution

* Don’t ignore chronic cough, chest pain or trouble breathing

* Know the symptoms of asthma

* Eat healthy and exercise

3. Stroke



A stroke, sometimes called a brain attack, occurs when a clot blocks the blood supply to the brain or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts. Stroke can cause death or significant disability, such as paralysis, speech difficulties, and emotional problems.

What you can do:

* Maintain healthy blood pressure

* Don’t smoke

* Have doctor check for atrial fibrillation

* Control alcohol consumption

* Maintain healthy cholesterol levels

* Avoid or control diabetes

* Exercise and eat healthy to keep good circulation


2. Cancer



Cancer is a group of diseases characterized by uncontrolled growth and spread of abnormal cells. If the spread is not controlled, it can result in death. The leading cause of cancer is still tobacco and alcohol use, but there is a rise in cancer caused by obesity. Some cancers are internal cancers that are unavoidable, such as cancer caused by inherited mutations, hormones, immune disorders or mutations caused by metabolism.

What you can do:

* Don’t smoke

* Control or stop alcohol use

* Eat a healthy diet and exercise

* Use sunscreen

* Get regular screenings from your physician

* Know your family’s health history

1. Heart Disease

heart disease


Heart disease is the leading cause of death in America. The most common type of heart disease is Coronary Heart Disease (CAD) and can lead to a heart attack.

What you can do:

* Eat healthy

* Exercise

* Maintain a healthy weight

* Don’t smoke

* Control alcohol use


We all know death can’t be cheated. However, no one wants to die a slow, painful death, or suffer through a life afflicted with illness. Most everything on this list can be prevented or controlled by having a healthy diet and exercise. Do whatever you can to live a long, healthy life.

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