Education and Awareness

Top Ten Causes of Death

Heart disease is the number one leading cause of death in the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2016 data, 635,260 people that died from heart disease. The 2nd leading cause of death was cancer with 598,038. These two leading causes of death represent 44.9% of all the deaths in 2016. 44.9% represents almost half of all of the deaths in the U.S. are from heart disease and cancer. Here are the causes of death in rank order:

1.    Heart disease: 635,260***

2.    Cancer 598,038***

3.    Accidents (unintentional injuries): 161,374

4.    Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 154,596***

5.    Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 142,142***

6.    Alzheimer’s disease: 116,103***

7.    Diabetes: 80,058***

8.    Influenza and pneumonia: 51,537

9.    Kidney Disease: 50,046***

10.    Intentional self-harm (suicide): 44,965

(Centers for Disease Control, 2017 )

***All of the seven flagged causes of death, evidence shows that there is a strong link to the cause of death and diet or nutrition.

Think about this list of the top 10 causes of death in the U.S. Do you know someone who was diagnosed with one of the illnesses linked to nutrition and diet? Let’s begin to think about the dietary changes that we can make in our homes first, then in society to reduce the number of illnesses in our country. Dr. Campbell explains in his article that the links between these top seven illnesses and nutrition are something that is not new but rather overlooked by society .

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