The 10 leading causes of death in this country are largely related to an unhealthy lifestyle. Much disease and even some mental health issues can be prevented if we focus on a nutritious diet, regular exercise, and a positive mindset.
There’s no denying that our lifestyle choices have a major impact on our risk of disease and premature death.
As it turns out, the most common health issues in the U.S. also happen correlate in someway with the top 10 causes of death. The number one killer around the world is heart disease and the biggest health issue we face is physical inactivity and poor diet, both of which are known to increase the risk of heart problems.
Obesity is also one of the biggest health issues we face. This is also largely lifestyle-related and it too is associated with an increased risk of not only heart disease, but also cancer—the second leading cause of death.
Some of us engage in behaviors that make us more susceptible to certain diseases and a premature death. These include the use of tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs. Often, these behaviors are reflective of one’s mindset. If you do not care about yourself, then you may behave recklessly and engage behaviors that endanger your health and well-being.
Poor mental health is a serious issue affecting millions of Americans in different ways. Many of those issues stem from how one thinks. Individuals with anxiety and depression harbor negative thoughts and sometimes act upon them. Behavioral therapists help these patients by showing them ways to alter their thought patterns. This often leads to healthier behavior. Similarly, success coaches help executives and athletes adopt more constructive ways of thinking.
The result of a persistently negative mindset is sometimes a feeling of absolute despair, which could explain suicide being the ninth leading cause of death in the U.S.
Top 10 Causes of Death in the U.S.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC ), these were the top ten causes of death in 2018, with the approximate number of deaths per 100,000 Americans:
- Heart Disease 165.0
- Cancer 152.5
- Unintentional Injuries 49.4
- Chronic lower respiratory diseases 40.9
- Stroke 37.6
- Alzheimer’s disease 31.0
- Influenza and pneumonia 14.3
- Suicide 14.0
- Kidney disease 13.0
Top 10 Most Common Health Issues
These are the 10 most common health issues in the U.S., according to the University of Rochester Medical Center:
- Physical Activity and Nutrition
- Overweight and Obesity
- Substance Abuse
- Mental Health
- Injury and Violence
- Environmental Quality
- Access to Healthcare
Yes, death is inevitable. But while we’re on this planet, why not strive for a comfortable quality of life? Compare the lists above and what jumps out? Many of our top killers are related to some of the most common health issues in this country. The good news is that much of our disease risk can be managed with the right diet and lifestyle modifications.