This post is what I hope will become the 1st installment of a planned series of posts detailing common ailments among us kids on the Far Side Of 55.
The idea for the series was inspired by the diverse data uncovered during my recent research into heart failure.
Because I nearly died from congestive heart failure in the late 90’s, it’s a topic you’d think I’d know something about.
And, I figured I did.
Not so much… according to my research.
Allowances for new discoveries from medical studies aside, I was
stunned surprised about the amount of half-truths (factoids?) I’ve accepted as ‘knowledge’.
Which got me thinking.
If I’m this ignorant about heart disease, just how lame am I about other health issues?
Being an average guy, I doubt I’m alone here.
The odds are pretty good your thinking is also influenced by outdated and unfounded health information.
Because current health information is available to anyone willing to do the necessary research, I figured we’ve no excuse.
Thus, my series idea was birthed.
And, how better to kick it off than with information about the 10 leading cause of death in America?
Overall, the number one killer in America is some form of heart disease.
With cancer coming in as a close second.
That order is reversed for people aged 45 to 64.
Yet, for people over 65, the # 1 cause of death reverts back to heart disease.
Interesting, but here’s the bigger picture:
Chronic diseases are the leading causes of death in America:
According to a report released by the Center For Disease Control:
Heart disease and cancer have been the two leading causes of death among persons 65 years of age and older for the past 2 decades, accounting for nearly a million deaths (995,187) in 1997.
Over one-third (35 percent) of all deaths are due to heart disease, including heart attacks and chronic ischemic heart disease.
Cancer accounted for about one-fifth (22 percent) of all deaths…”
10 Leading Causes Of Death In America:
Note: The following data’s from the U.S. government’s Centers For Disease Control
- Heart disease: 611,105
- Cancer: 584,881
- Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 149,205
- Accidents (unintentional injuries): 130,557
- Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 128,978
- Alzheimer’s disease: 84,767
- Diabetes: 75,578
- Influenza and Pneumonia: 56,979
- Nephritis, (kidney ailments): 47,112
- Intentional self-harm (suicide): 41,149
- Data from July 27, 2015
Keep in mind the above list is for the general, overall, population.
Here’s the list for people 55 – 64 years old:
10 Leading Causes Of Death For Middle Aged People:
- Malignant neoplasms (cancer): 112,572
- Heart Disease: 69,742
- Accidents: 15,158
- Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 15,044
- Diabetes: 12,688
- Cerebrovascular diseases (blood flow to the brain): 11,205
- Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis: 10,749
- Suicide: 6,521
- Septicemia (bacteremia/blood poisoning): 4,953
- Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, Nephritis: 4,754
The list for people over the age of 65 is different.
For example, Alzheimer’s disease didn’t even make the top 10 list for people aged 55 – 64. Yet, it’s the # 5 cause of death for people over 65.
And, complications from the influenza bug, is # 7! Get those flu shots!
10 Leading Causes Of Death For People Over 65:
- Diseases of heart: 475,097
- Malignant neoplasms (cancer): 397,106
- Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 121,869
- Cerebrovascular diseases: 109,323
- Alzheimer’s disease: 84,032
- Diabetes: 52,402
- Influenza and pneumonia: 45,386
- Accidents: 43,258
- Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis: 37,796
- Septicemia: 26,746
If you find this kinda information fascinating, I do, click on the following blue link to get a pdf report entitled:
Deaths: Leading Causes for 2011. (Latest publication available from CDC in report form)
Hope you enjoyed today’s missive. Talk to you next time…
Your ideas for me, aging related story, or comments are always welcome.