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?
- Heart disease
- Lung cancer
- Lung disease
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.
|1||Coronary heart disease||207,392||Coronary heart disease||157,170|
|3||Lung Disease||67,776||Lung Disease||74,693|
|9||Prostate Cancer||28,362||Influenza & Pneumonia||28,489|
|10||Colon-Rectum Cancers||27,303||Colon-Rectum Cancers||24,931|
|12||Influenza & Pneumonia||26,346||Endocrine Disorders||20,624|
|13||Kidney Disease||24,935||Blood Poisoning||20,607|
|14||Road Traffic Accidents||24,732||Pancreas Cancer||19,664|
|19||Blood Poisoning||18,332||Liver Disease||13,564|
|Top 20 diseases||831,012||Top 20 diseases||786,340|
|All other diseases||188,672||All other diseases||137,842|
|Total population||156,936,487||Total population||161,920,569|
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.
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