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The Top Causes of Death in the United States

By Edited Aug 13, 2015 1 1

In the United States for 2009 these are the top reasons people died.  The 2009 data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is the most recent year that has all the statistics been finalized. Here are the top reasons people died using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data for 2009[5812]

1. Heart Disease- 599,413 Deaths

Once again the top reasons for death in the United States was heart disease.  There are numerous reasons for the huge amount of deaths from heart disease. Many of these deaths were simply from elderly people with weakened hearts, but many of them could have been preventable. In order to keep your heart healthy you need to eat a heart healthy diet, get plenty of exercise, and avoid dangerous activities such as smoking cigarettes which has been targeted as a major contributor to heart disease.

An interesting statistic is that some of the heart disease deaths in 2009 can be linked directly to members of the military who fought in the Vietnam War and received exposure to Agent Orange. It is sad to think that this many years after the Vietnam War we still have former military members who are dying as a direct result of the Agent Orange Exposure.

2. Cancer- 567,628 Deaths

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Cancer is still the most disgusting reason people die. Cancer can afflict people of all ages. Some cancers can be caused by us as humans. An example is if we smoke cigarettes then we greatly increase our chance of getting lung cancer. Other forms of cancer though seem to hit people regardless of how seemingly healthy they are. It is time that we as a Nation greatly expand cell-stem research to help come up with cures for cancer.

Some people believe that society as a whole does not want to actually cure cancer because it works as a population control to keep the population of Earth lower and more maintainable. This may just be a crazy conspiracy theory but in reality cancer does help keep the population lower. The best way to survive cancer is to catch it early by getting regular screenings at your Doctor.

3. Chronic lower respiratory diseases- 137,353 Deaths

Chronic lower respiratory diseases include diseases such as chronic bronchitis, Emphysema, and asthma. Factors that contribute to the high number of chronic lower respiratory diseases include smoking, exposure to household chemicals such as bug spray, and numerous other environmental factors.

4. Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases) - 128,842 Deaths

There are numerous reasons a stroke can occur. Some of the factors that can cause and influence a stroke are cigarette smoking and high cholesterol. These factors can be controlled but there are also other stroke inducing factors that cannot be controlled such as atrial fibrillation.

5. Accidents (unintentional injuries) - 118,021 Deaths

There were almost as many accidents that killed people in 2009 as there were people who died from strokes. The best way to help prevent accidents is to always have situational awareness, especially in a dangerous work environment. Manu accidents occurred in seemingly danger-free areas so you need to always be cautious. No matter what happens tough you will always be at risk of dying suddenly from an unexpected accident.

6. Alzheimer's Disease- 79,003 Deaths

Alzheimer's disease is the leading cause of dementia in the World and the 6th top reason why people die in the United States. Alzheimer's disease affects everybody differently and the onslaught of Alzheimer's disease symptoms in individuals can vary drastically. The most common symptoms appear to evolve around individuals who begin to lose their memory, get an anger problem, and then withdraw from their family, and eventually loss of bowel control. Many families are affected each year by loved ones who develop Alzheimer's disease. There is no cure for Alzheimer's disease.

7. Diabetes- 68,705 Deaths

Diabetes is one of the leading causes of death that can usually be preventable. The high rate of diabetes deaths in our society is directly attributable to poor diet, lack of exercise, and weight problems. If you drink a lot of soda pop, never exercise, eat unhealthy, and are overweight then you stand a very high chance of developing diabetes. Diabetes often kills people but it can also cause numerous other negative side-effects including blindness.

8. Influenza and Pneumonia- 53,692 Deaths


Influenza and Pneumonia are viral infections. Influenza is often confused with the common cold. Each winter millions of Americans contract Influenza. The H1N1 virus, also nicknamed the “Swine Flu", came to the forefront of the United States in 2009 and many of the Influenza and Pneumonia deaths can be directly attributed to this virus. The Swine Flu is a form of influenza.

9. Nephritis, Nephrotic Syndrome, and Nephrosis- 48,935 Deaths

Nephrotic syndrome affects a large number of people each year. Nephrotic syndrome is actually a broad definition that can be caused by a lot of different methods. Most commonly Nephrotic syndrome will be considered any damage to the Kidneys. Once the kidneys are damaged then protein can leak from the kidneys and cause one of the many Nephrotic syndromes.

If the Nephrotic syndrome is limited to the kidneys then it is often called primary Nephrotic syndrome. If the kidney problem affects other areas of the body it is called secondary Nephrotic syndrome. Secondary Nephrotic syndrome conditions include medical conditions such as Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C. Nephrotic syndrome can lead to heart failure, cancer, and a whole host of other medical conditions.

10. Intentional self-harm (suicide) - 36,909 Deaths

In 2009 there were 36,909 people who tool their own life. It is tragic to think that a lot of these people could have eventually come out of the depression slump they were in. Drugs, depression, alcohol, and numerous other factors often lead severely depressed individuals to commit suicide. 36,909 is the number one preventable disease on this list of the top 10 reasons people died. Often times if you get in shape by exercising regularly and eating healthy it will not only help you out of your depression and keep you from killing yourself but it can also help to prevent many other medical conditions that are also on this list including heart disease and diabetes. Exercise and eating healthy is truly a cure to many of the reasons out friends and families die younger than they should each year.



Nov 16, 2012 12:55pm
Pretty scarystuff...I am a diabetic because I had too much fun but, you are right, the chances are I could have even easily avoided it. If I still had young kids I'd make them read your pioece--It's smart! Two thumbs up
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  1. "Leading Causes of Death." Center for Disease Control and Prevention. 16/11/2012 <Web >

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