Top 20 Causes of Death in America

As soon as they reach the age of majority, everyone should take their health into their own hands. Whether that means switching from gummy vitamins to a real adult daily multivitamin, or just preparing thoroughly for your annual checkup, it’s important to feel like you’re in control of your health. Part of that is educating yourself about the ways that Americans fail in their quest for health, and figuring out how you can fix those problems in your own life.

Check out a few of the leading causes of death in America today, so that you can be aware of the ways your current lifestyle could affect your health in the future:

Heart Disease

Heart disease is defined as any kind of disease that affects your heart. It’s not to be confused with cardiovascular disease, which is any disease that narrows or blocks the blood vessels leading to the heart.

Even though heart disease is the leading cause of death in America today, most cases are easy to prevent with a healthy diet and plenty of exercise. Excessive use of caffeine, drugs, and alcohol often cause arrhythmias, which aren’t usually fatal, but can develop into a real problem over time.

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Cancer

A large number of different diseases fall under the umbrella of ‘cancer’. In a very general sense, cancer is any disease where abnormal cells divide uncontrollably, causing damage to normal bodily processes.

Luckily, many different types of cancer are able to be controlled and even eradicated with radiation and different experimental treatments. There are a wide variety of symptoms that herald cancer, so make sure to research them all.

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Chronic Lower Respiratory Diseases

The two major chronic lower respiratory diseases are emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Although these diseases are quite different from each other, the symptoms are similar: the sufferer will have trouble breathing, and eventually the lungs will be so damaged that they will cease to function. The major cause of both emphysema and chronic bronchitis is smoking.

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