Most Common Diseases

Top Ten Most Common Diseases That Could Kill You

Ever wonder what the most common diseases that could lead to your death are?  Well, here is the answer to this morbid inquiry.

  1. Heart Disease:  Of the most common diseases that could kill you, this the most likely one.  Heart disease is the number one killer of Americans.  One in four Americans die from heart disease.  What are some of the signs you should look for?  If you are overweight or have a family history of heart disease, you should consult your doctor regularly and look into improving diet and exercise to get yourself out of this high-risk group.

  2. Undiagnosed Tumors: The next most dangerous group of common diseases for American is a cancerous tumor that goes undiagnosed until it is too late to help.  This is why it is important for women to get regular breast exams, for men to have their prostate checked, and for all of us to have colonoscopies regularly starting at forty.  It is also important for you to go in to get any suspicious nodes checked out as soon as you notice them.  Delaying could literally kill you.  More than one in five Americans die from this.

  3. Brain Clots: Far down on the list but still a major cause of death are cerebro-vascular diseases.  Blood clots in the brain can lead not only to strokes but also to sudden and unexpected death.  There is little warning and few methods of prevention.  More than one in twenty Americans die from these blood clots in the brain.

  4. Respiratory Problems: We need to breath to live, but respiratory problems, such as asthma kill about one in twenty Americans.

  5. Diabetes: About 3% of Americans die from complications from diabetes mellitus.  Diabetes is a treatable disease but can lead to problems if ignored or poorly treated.

  6. The Flu: Pneumonia and the flu kill about the same number of Americans as complication from diabetes.  This is the yearly basis, though, of course, new strains of flu can make this number spike during certain periods—as it did during the influenza epidemic of 1918 when literally thousands of Americans died.  This is why the CDC becomes alarmed when they encounter a new strain such as the Swine Flu scare a few years back.

  7. Alzheimer’s:  The mental deterioration of Alzheimer’s kills about one in fifty Americans who are lucky enough to live long enough to be affected by it.  With improvements in medical care, experts expect this number to grow as the Baby Boomers reach their twilight years.

  8. Kidney disease: Almost one in fifty Americans die from kidney problems, usually related to other diseases.

  9. Blood Poisoning: Accidentally ingesting some kind of poison into the blood can also lead to death.  About 1% of Americans die from such poisonings.

  10. Suicide: We often don’t include self-inflicted death among the most common diseases, but mental illness should not be neglected as a cause of death.  One in one hundred Americans are confirmed to commit suicide, but the number may actually be higher as the number of accidents (killing about 7% of Americans) may actually mask some suicides.

Studies show that Americans have a poor sense of the true dangers to their health.  Media coverage of violence, terrorism and other sensational tragedies lead many Americans into a false sense of threat.  You might notice, for example, that murder is not even in the top ten, much less terrorism, yet most Americans would think that this was a major cause of death.  In fact, your chances of dieing due to violence is less than 1% and even lower if you are not a young male, living in an urban setting and involved in criminal activity.  You are in far greater danger of dieing from a traffic accident (a killer 53,000 Americans every year) than from violent assault.  (In fact, the murder rate has been in steady decline for three decades).  And what is the best thing that you can do to prolong your life?  Eating well and exercising.  These two old clichés are most likely increase your years of health.