For many people, death isn't something pleasant to think about. In fact, some people avoid thinking about it and their health altogether. While death is a scary thing, it's important to remember that it's going to happen one day - and while we may not have total control over it, we have some control in the way we go by preventing illnesses and valuing our health.
There are thousands of ways to die; while some may be uncommon and freak accidents, other ways, like heart disease, are incredibly common in the United States. Not only is it important to acknowledge that these diseases can happen to anybody, it's important to know how they're caused and what everybody can be doing to lessen the chances of falling ill. Read on to discover the 15 most common causes of death in the United States.
14 Kidney Disease
13 Influenza and Pneumonia
11 Alzheimer's Disease
8 Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease
7 Drug Use
6 Breast Cancer
5 Colon Cancer
4 Prostate Cancer
3 Pancreatic Cancer
2 Lung Cancer
1 Heart Disease
Heart disease is the number one cause of death for men and women in the United States - and also worldwide. In the United States alone, over half a million people a year die from heart disease. Heart disease isn't one thing though - it's a term that's used to describe several different conditions. What causes heart disease is plaque buildup in the arteries. This leads to a heart attack or a stroke - additionally, it can lead to angina, arrhythmias, or heart failure. The biggest thing to remember is that you only have one heart, so you need to take care of it! Some things to do to keep a healthy heart are eating a healthy diet that is low in salts, sugars, and fats, getting at least 150 minutes of exercise a week, no smoking, avoid too much alcohol, and manage stress well.
Sources: MedicalNewsToday, MayoClinic
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