We all have to die someday but there are a number of things you can do to prolong your life. One way to do so is to know what the leading causes of death in America are and what you can do to ensure that you don’t fall prey to any of them. 

You can start by making simple changes such as maintaining an active lifestyle and eating healthy. Those two changes alone can increase your life span up to 20 years!

Here are the top ten causes of death in America and you can prevent or lessen your risk of dying from them.

1. Heart Disease – This is responsible for 27% of deaths in the country.  To help reduce your chances of dying due to Heart Disease you can eat more green leafy vegetables, drink more water, consume more foods that are high in vitamins and minerals and exercise for at least one hour each day of the week.

2. Cancer – This is responsible for 23% of the deaths across the country each year. Steps to help with this disease include those mentioned above for the prevention of heart disease.

3. Stroke – This is responsible for 6% of deaths in the country on a yearly basis. For this you can eat less fatty foods, maintain an active lifestyle and drink more water.

4. Chronic Lower Respiratory disease – this is responsible for 5% of annual deaths in the United States. It can be prevented or the risk lowered by ingesting an alkaline diet high in minerals and exercising at least five days each week.

5. General Accidents are responsible for 4.5% of deaths and motor vehicle accidents are responsible for 2% of deaths annually. One can practice meditation to increase their awareness, mental clarity and visual acuity. Ceasing to drink and drive and take hallucinogenic substances can also help to prevent these deaths.

6. Diabetes – this is responsible for 3% of deaths each year. This can be avoided by maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle and consuming more whole foods and discarding as best as possible the refined foods from ones diet.

7. Alzheimer’s disease is responsible for 3% of deaths nationwide each year. Though Alzheimer’s affects the brain, maintaining an active lifestyle can help ward off the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

8. Influenza and pneumonia are responsible for 2% of deaths and can be avoided by ensuring that your immune system is at its best at all times. This means that you must eat healthy with a diet that is based mainly on eating vegetables, whole grains and fruits in their freshest and most natural state.

9. Kidney disease – this is responsible for 2% of deaths in the nation and is directly related to unhealthy eating practices; the consumption of too many refined foods and high salt foods.

10. Septicemia – this is responsible for 1% of deaths and can be prevented by maintaining an alkaline diet and an active lifestyle.

Taking simple steps can do a lot to prolong your life span and the sooner you start the better you will be in terms of avoiding these lifestyle diseases. Why not start today, get up from in front of the computer and take a walk.