The Top 10 Causes of Death in America

How are you going to die? It’s a topic that you probably don’t like to think about, but the folks at the Centers for Disease Control think about it daily. While the rest of us panic over the latest flesh eating bacteria, the staff at the CDC makes lists about the main causes of death in this country. Here are the top 10 causes of death in the United States for 2010; you’ll be relieved to note that flesh eating bacteria didn’t even make the cut.

10. Suicide- Sadly, 38,364 individuals took their own lives in 2010, up from 36,547 in 2009. Suicide rates have been steadily increasing over the last decade. In 2000, suicide was in the 11th place.

9. Influenza and pneumonia- 50,097 people died from flu or pneumonia in 2010, which is 3,485 fewer deaths than the previous year. Flu and pneumonia deaths have been in decline in this decade.

8. Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis- 50,476 individuals died from kidney disease, and the numbers have been steadily increasing over time.

7. Diabetes- 69,071 people were killed by complications from diabetes in 2010. This is about 21 in every 100,000 people for the year, an increase from 68,504 deaths in 2009.

6. Alzheimer’s disease- 83,494 individuals died from Alzheimer’s disease. This is a massive jump from 78,889 the year before and deaths have increased by 67 percent since 2000.

5. Accidents (unintentional injuries) – 120,859 died of misadventure in 2010, an increase of almost 4,000 people from the prior year. Accidental death rates have increased throughout the decade.

4. Stroke- 120,859 individuals passed on after succumbing to cerebrovascular diseases in 2010. This is a decrease of almost 8,000 from the prior year.

3. Chronic lower respiratory diseases- 138,080 people died from lung disease in 2010, more than 42 of all 100,000 deaths, mainly from bronchitis and emphysema.

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2. Cancer- Cancer was responsible for 574,743 deaths in 2010. More than 173 out of 100,000 deaths were caused by one of the 200 types of cancer.

And the number one cause of death in the United States was heart disease once again. 597,689 individuals died from heart disease in 2010—a decrease from the 598,607 deaths in 2009. Women have caught up with men when it comes to heart disease. Half of all heart-related deaths were women.

While we all have to exit this world sometime, there’s a lot you can do to stay healthy and active for decades to come. Eating well, exercising and cutting out bad habits can all have a healthy effect on your lifespan. Talk to your chiropractic team today to find out how you can cut your risk of falling victim to one of these top 10 killers.

Your chiropractic team is a great resource for health and wellness. In addition to therapeutic adjustments, your chiropractor can teach you about proper diet and exercise which can lead to a healthier and longer life. If you haven’t visited a chiropractor in a while, the time has come to see what you’ve been missing and discover for yourself how safe and effective chiropractic care can really be. 


Always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician for all your health related advice.

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