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What are the top 20 causes of death in the United States?

Coronary heart disease is one of the top causes of death in the US followed by lung cancer.

After combing through data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Institutes of Health, we’ve identified the top 20 diseases that Americans die from. You know never when you may come down with an unexpected illness, so consider putting an adequate life insurance policy in place.

What are the top 5 diseases that kill Americans?

  1. Heart disease
  2. Lung cancer
  3. Lung disease
  4. Stroke
  5. Alzheimer’s/dimension

The top 20 diseases that are striking down Americans by gender:

A closer look at the top 20 diseases killing Americans

The leading cause of death from disease for both men and women, 24.96% and 19.99% respectively, was coronary heart disease. Men account for 207,392 coronary heart disease related deaths, which is just over 50,000 more when compared to women. The illness that was at the bottom of our top 20 list for both genders was inflammatory heart disease.

When it comes to kidney disease, the deaths of both men and women were very similar — 24,935 men and 24,403 women. The death count for women with Alzheimer’s more than doubled the number of men at 65,179. The study also found that suicide was the seventh reason for men dying. However, suicide didn’t even show up in the top 20 list for women.

RankMalesDeathsFemalesDeaths
1Coronary heart disease207,392Coronary heart disease157,170
2Lung cancer84,908Stroke77,630
3Lung Disease67,776Lung Disease74,693
4Stroke55,469Lung Cancers70,700
5Diabetes Mellitus41,110Alzheimer’s65,179
6Hypertension34,680Breast Cancer41,211
7Suicide33,110Hypertension38,650
8Alzheimer’s28,362Diabetes Mellitus35,376
9Prostate Cancer28,362Influenza & Pneumonia28,489
10Colon-Rectum Cancers27,303Colon-Rectum Cancers24,931
11Poisonings27,221Kidney Disease24,403
12Influenza & Pneumonia26,346Endocrine Disorders20,624
13Kidney Disease24,935Blood Poisoning20,607
14Road Traffic Accidents24,732Pancreas Cancer19,664
15Liver disease24,541Falls15,929
16Pancreas Cancer20,754Lymphomas15,283
17Endocrine Disorders19,197Poisonings14,804
18Lymphomas18,804Ovary Cancer14,195
19Blood Poisoning18,332Liver Disease13,564
20Inflammatory/Heart17,678Inflammatory/Heart13,238
Top 20 diseases831,012Top 20 diseases786,340
All other diseases188,672All other diseases137,842
Total population156,936,487Total population161,920,569

How to take precautions with your heart

Some diseases can be prevented while others cannot. However, there are always precautions you can take to try and stay ahead of the curve. When it comes to your heart, maintaining a low blood pressure can prevent disease — cutting down on cholesterol can majorly help as well.

You should also exercise regularly and cut back on sodium and refined sugars. Foods that are very fatty can put you at risk, so don’t be shy when it comes to taking an extra plate of fruit and veggies. If you don’t smoke, don’t start — it’s not going to positively impact your health or your wallet. And for you mental and physical health, keep the stress levels low.

Bottom line

If you’re concerned about your health and about the welfare of those close to you, consider life insurance. Life insurance can provide your family with peace of mind in the event that something happens to you.

*Source: Centers for Disease Control, National Institutes of Health

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