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Top Ten Causes of Death - Top 10 Causes of Death (2011 Book of Facts Almanac)

(2006 statistics from the 2009 NY Times Almanac - unless otherwise noted)

Importance of Get Fit Through Gardening Other Statistics of Interest

Previous Year Statistics


Statistics from the 2011 Almanac [2007 Statistics.] These are the most current available at this time. Total Us deaths = 2.4 million.

Rank

Leading Causes of death

All persons

Percentage

1.

Diseases of heart

616,067

25.42

2.

Malignant neoplasms (cancer)

562,875

23.22

3.

Cerebrovascular diseases (stroke)

135,952

5.61

4.

Chronic lower respiratory diseases

127,924

5.28

5.

Unintentional injuries (Accidents)

123,706

5.10

6.

Alzheimer's disease

74,632 3.08

7.

Diabetes Mellitus

71,382

2.95

8.

Influenza and pneumonia

52,717

2.18

9.

Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis (Kidney Disease)

46,448

1.92

10.

Septicemia, Sepsis (blood poisoning)

34,828

1.44
11. Suicide 34,598 1.43
12 Chronic Liver Disease 29,165 1.20
13 HTN and hypertension Disease 23,965 .99
14 Parkinson's Disease 20,058 ..83
15 Homicide 18,361 ..76
16 All Other Causes 451,000 18.61
 

Total:

2,425,901

100.00

2011 Notes of Interest: Suicide is still at number 11, again not on the top 10 list. Homicides, even though they consume our fears and interest, in contrast, continue to drop and are number 15. Suicides have always tracked higher, by at least 10,000 per year than Homicides, a fact that does not get enough press or discussion. The top five causes of death have not changed for years, as long as I have been tracking these figures. Car Accidents in 2008 (not 2007)  were down to 39,000.


 

Statistics from the NY Times 2009 Almanac [2006 Statistics.] These are the most current available at this time.

Rank

Causes of death

All persons

Percentage

1.

Diseases of heart

629,191

24.9

2.

Malignant neoplasms (cancer)

560,102

23.1

3.

Cerebrovascular diseases (stroke)

137,265

5.7

4.

Chronic lower respiratory diseases

124,614

5.1

5.

Unintentional injuries (Accidents)

117,748

4.9

6.

Alzheimer's disease

72,507 3.0

7.

Diabetes Mellitus

72,507

3.0

8.

Influenza and pneumonia

56,247

2.3

9.

Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis (Kidney Disease)

44,791

1.8

10.

Septicemia, Sepsis (blood poisoning)

34,031

1.4
11. Suicide 32,185 1.3
12 Chronic Liver Disease 27,299 1.1
13 HTN and hypertension Disease 23,985 1.0
14 Parkinson's Disease 19,660 .8
15 Homicide 18,029 .7
16 All Other Causes 455,333 18.8
 

Total:

2,425,901

100.00

2009 Notes of Interest: Alzheimer's moved up a notch to number 6 (actually it is tied with DM). Suicide dropped to number 11, the first time it is not on the top 10 list. As far as I know it has been on the top ten list for well over 25 years. Homicides, even though they consume our fears and interest, in contrast, continue to drop and are number 15. Suicides have always tracked higher, by at least 10,000 per year than Homicides, a fact that does not get enough press or discussion. The top five causes of death have not changed for years, as long as I have been tracking these figures. Car Accidents in 2006 were 42,642 plus 2,575, 000 injuries.


While homicides, national tragedies & AIDS get the most press, the top causes of death are heart diseases, cancer and diabetes. Get Fit Through Gardening, a healthy lifestyle, could impact the causes of over 1.3 million deaths per year!

2003 Statistics.

Rank

Causes of death

All persons

1.

Diseases of heart

685,089

2.

Malignant neoplasms (cancer)

556,902

3.

Cerebrovascular diseases

157,689

4.

Chronic lower respiratory diseases

126,382

5.

Unintentional injuries

109,277

6.

Diabetes mellitus

74,219

7.

Influenza and pneumonia

65,163

8.

Alzheimer's disease

63,457

9.

Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis

42,453

10.

Septicemia

34,069

 

Total:

2,448,288

 Source: U.S. National Center for Health Statistics, Health, United States, 2005.

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2001 Statistics (2004 Almanac)

Disease / Condition

Annual Deaths

Percent Lifestyle
1) Heart Disease 700,142  29 % Yes
2) Malignant Neoplasms (Cancer) 553,768  22.9% 50/50
3) Stroke (cerebrovascular disease) 163,538  6.8 % 50/50
4) Chronic Lower Respiratory disease 123,013    5.1 % No***
5) Accidents (Car Accidents* (2002) - 44,000)  101,537    4.2 % No***
6) Diabetes Mellitus  71,372   3.0 % 50/50
7) Pneumonia & Influenza  62,034     2.6% No
8) Alzheimer's Disease  53,852    2.2 % No***
9) Kidney disease (Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, 
& nephrosis)
 39,480    1.6 % 50/50
10) Septicemia (toxins in the blood - 
known as "blood poisoning")
 32,238    1.3 % 50/50
Total Deaths per Year** 2,400,000 100 %

* Car accidents: About half are due to alcohol.

** Suicides again were not in the top ten (In 1997 they were #8  with ~ 30,000), 2000 statistics were 10.4 per 1,000 people.

Homicides were 15,530 in 1999, far out of the top ten. This is a 34% drop since 1990. I did not find the Total Homicide deaths for 2001, but the Total firearm deaths were 28,663 in 2000. I find the numbers surprisingly low considering the national focus on murder.

** Liver Disease is off the list this year as well (estimate around 25,000). 

** Diabetes Type II (Adult onset) is highly correlated with overweight, lack of exercise, poor diet and hypertension.

*** Chronic Lower Respiratory disease is highly correlated with cigarette smoking

*** Accidents are not impacted by Get Fit Through Gardening.

*** Pneumonia & Influenza are not directly impacted by Get Fit Through Gardening.

Note: Deaths from Aids has dropped significantly in the last few years with approximately 24,014 in 1998, I think there were around 21,000 in 1999 (not positive on that fact).


While homicides, national tragedies & AIDS get the most press, the top causes of death are heart diseases, cancer and diabetes. Get Fit Through Gardening, a healthy lifestyle, could impact the causes of over 1.3 million deaths per year! 

I think these are 2000 Almanac Statistics - Jeff

Disease / Condition

Annual Deaths

Percent Lifestyle
1) Heart Disease 724,915  30.3 % Yes
2) Malignant Neoplasms (Cancer) 549,787  23.9 % 50/50
3) Stroke (cerebrovascular disease) 167,340   7 % 50/50
4) Chronic Lower Respiratory disease 124,153    5.2 % No***
5) Accidents (Car Accidents* - 42,437)  97,298    4.1 % No***
6) Diabetes Mellitus  68,379    2.9 % 50/50
7) Pneumonia & Influenza  63,686     2.7% No
8) Alzheimer's Disease  44,507    1.9 % No***
9) Kidney disease (Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, 
& nephrosis)
 35,524    1.5 % 50/50
10) Septicemia (toxins in the blood - 
known as "blood poisoning")
 30,670    1.3 % 50/50
Total Deaths per Year** 2,338,075 100 %

* Car accidents: About half are due to alcohol.

** Suicides dropped out of the top ten (They have historically been around #8) with ~ 30,000, About 500,000 people attempt suicide with more females attempting but males are more successful (1998 - male suicides: 24,538), (1998 - female suicides: 6,037)

Homicides were 15,530 in 1999, far out of the top ten. This is a 34% drop since 1990. I find this an astounding statistic considering the national focus on murder.

** Liver Disease is off the list this year as well (estimate around 25,000). 

** Diabetes Type II (Adult onset) is highly correlated with overweight, lack of exercise, poor diet and hypertension.

*** Chronic Lower Respiratory disease is highly correlated with cigarette smoking

*** Accidents are not impacted by Get Fit Through Gardening.

*** Pneumonia & Influenza are not directly impacted by Get Fit Through Gardening.

Note: Deaths from Aids has dropped significantly in the last few years with approximately 24,014 in 1998, I think there were around 21,000 in 1999 (not positive on that fact).


What's the Point?: That, conservatively, over 60% of the nation's deaths are related to lifestyle - specifically diet and exercise.  

While homicide and AIDS get the most press, the top causes of death are heart diseases, cancer and diabetes. Get Fit Through Gardening, a healthy lifestyle, Get Fit Through Gardening could impact the health of millions of sedentary Americans. It looks funny, it sounds funny --- but this idea could really make a difference in thousands of peoples' lives.

Maybe we should be talking more about a solution instead of problems (murder, mayhem, racial strife, etc...)

Other Statistics of Interest

Total Population  (2000) 281 million
Life Expectancy Male (1999) 73.8
Life Expectancy Female (1999) 79.5
Percent of people without Health Insurance (1999) 15.5%
Marriages (1999) 2,358,000
Divorces (1999) 1,135,000
Abortions - 1997 (latest figures) 1,186,039
Abortions - 1995 1,210,883
Abortions - 1990 1,429,577
In Prison (2000) 1,381,892

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Death From Aids - Updated 2009

1993 102,082
1994 77,092
1995 70,839
1996 66,398
1997 58,254
1998 24,014 (2000 Almanac)
2000 17,741
2003 18,018
2004 16,395
2005 16,268

Note: The homicide rate has declined steadily since 1993. Homicide dropped off the top ten list since the 1998 World Almanac and has not returned. .
 

Homicide Rate - updated 2009

1993 24,530
1994 23,330
1995 21,610
1996 19,650
1997 18,210
1998 16,910  (2000 Almanac)
1999 15,530
2005 18,029

Mortality Statistics From 1997 (2000 Almanac)

Disease / Condition

Annual Deaths

Percent Lifestyle
1) Heart Disease 724,269  31. % Yes
2) Cancer 538,947  23. % Yes
3) Stroke 158,060    6.8 % 50/50**
4) Chronic obstructive lung disease 114,381    5 % No***
5) Pneumonia & Influenza  94,828    4 % No***
6) Accidents*  93,207    4 % No***
7) Diabetes Mellitus  64,574     2.8% 50/50
8) Suicide  29,264    1.3 % No***
9) Kidney disease  26,295    1 % 50/50
10) Chronic liver disease & cirrhosis  24,936    1 % 50/50
Total Deaths per Year 2,338,075 100 %

* Car accidents are less than 42,000 per year. About half are due to alcohol.

** Stroke is a cerebrovascular disease.

** Diabetes Type II (Adult onset) is highly correlated with overweight, lack of exercise, poor diet and hypertension.

*** Chronic obstructive lung disease is highly correlated with cigarette smoking

*** Accidents are not impacted by Get Fit Through Gardening.

*** Pneumonia & Influenza are not directly impacted by Get Fit Through Gardening.

For more information, my books, Get Fit Through Gardening (2008) and Fitness the Dynamic Gardening Way, are available!

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