Thursday, December 30, 2010

CDC Says We're Dying Younger

Latest CDC report - issued December 9, 2010, using 2008 data - says our lives are getting shorter.   Read the full report here if you'd like to.

Heart disease and cancer, together accounted for whopping 48 percent of all deaths in 2008. 

The top 15 causes of death:

1. Diseases of heart
2 Malignant neoplasms
3 Chronic lower respiratory diseases
4 Cerebrovascular diseases
5 Accidents (unintentional injuries)
6 Alzheimer’s disease
7 Diabetes mellitus
8 Influenza and pneumonia
9 Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis
10 Septicemia
11 Intentional self-harm (suicide)
12 Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis
13 Essential hypertension and hypertensive renal disease
14 Parkinson’s disease
15 Assault (homicide)
Click this sentence for heart disease risk factors and other information from Mayo Clinic.

Click this sentence for cancer risk factors and other information from Mayo Clinic.

If you're not sure about some of these, my favorite online medical dictionary is here:

Interesting Tidbits:
Respiratory diseases edged out Stroke (cerebrovascular) as the number three disease for the first time in 50 years. 
Other diseases that experienced an up-tick include Alzheimer's, Flu and pneumonia, two different forms of kidney disease, and Suicide.
HIV deaths were down by 10 percent.
Death by other diseases remain relatively stable from the last reporting period. 

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