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Top 10 most common causes of death in the world

Life is beautiful, but unfortunately every life ends with death. So death is inevitable, and there are different paths to take. It can come from a number of different causes of death. Sometimes death comes suddenly and unexpectedly. However, this is not the rule. Most of the most common causes of death today are due to some long-term illness. The reasons for these illnesses can be very different. Sometimes it's just bad luck or genetics or old age, but sometimes it depends on your own lifestyle choices.


The following ranking lists the 10 most common causes of death today in the world. It also displays the known risk factors for these most common causes of death.

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Top 10 most common causes of death in the world

The 10 most common causes of death (currently) in the world


10 most common causes of death

as of August 2021


1. Cardiovascular Disease

Global annual deaths: ~16,500,000 People

responsible for ~27.2% of all global deaths

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The subtype that causes the most deaths:

Atherosclerosis leading to coronary artery disease (CAD)


The biggest risk factors:

Age (risk triples every ten years of life)

- High Blood Pressure

- Obesity - Being sedentary

- Genetic predisposition

- Smoke

- Sleepless

- Air pollution


 

2. Cancer

Global annual deaths: ~10,000,000

responsible for ~16.5% of all global deaths.


The most fatal subtype:

Lung cancer


The danger elements

biggest :

- Fat

- Smoke

Infections (especially viral infections)

- Regularly eat processed meat

- sedentary

- Overexposure to UV radiation or radioactive substances

- Genetic predisposition

- Regularly drink alcohol

- Malnutrition

- Untreated celiac disease

- Crohn's disease


 

3. Coronavirus

Coronavirus (infectious disease)

Coronavirus
Coronavirus

Global annual deaths (as of December 2019): ~ 4,300,000 People

responsible for ~7.1 percent of all global deaths.


The subtype that causes most deaths:

Severe acute respiratory syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS CoV ‑ 2) leading to Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)


The biggest risk factors for infection:

- Usually present in crowded places

- Do not wear a protective mask

- Not vaccinated against Coronavirus

The biggest risk factors for death after infection:

Age (infectious mortality rate is 28% in people over 85 years old, compared with 0.004% in people under 35 years old)

- High blood pressure

- Fat

- Smoke

- Type 2 diabetes

- Coronary artery disease

- Irregular heartbeat

- Chronic kidney disease - Lung disease

- Addiction to opioids or methamphetamine

 

4. Respiratory diseases

Lung / respiratory disease

Respiratory diseases
Respiratory diseases

Annual global deaths: ~ 3,400,000 People

responsible for ~5.6% of all global deaths.


The subtype that causes the most deaths:

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)


The biggest risk factors:

- Smoke

- Air pollution

- Excessive exposure to dust

- Genetic predisposition


 

5. Pneumonia

Pneumonia (infectious disease) Global annual deaths: ~ 3,000,000 People

responsible for ~4.9% of all global deaths.


The most fatal subtype:

Bacterial pneumonia (especially caused by pneumococcal bacteria)


The biggest risk factors for infection:

- After various bacterial or viral infections

- Hospitalize

- Poor hygiene

Not vaccinated against pneumonia (especially pneumococcal bacteria)

The biggest risk factors for death after infection:

Age (most deaths occur in infected people over 65 years old or under 2 years old)

- Weakened immune system

- While under the influence of drugs or alcohol

- Have a brain injury

- Smoke


 

6. Dementia

Dementia

Dementia
Dementia

Global annual deaths: ~ 2,000,000 People

responsible for ~3.3% of all global deaths.


The subtype that causes the most deaths:

Alzheimer's Disease (AD)


The biggest risk factors:

- Age (risk doubles every 6 years of life) - Sedentary

- Lack of cognitive stimulation

- Social isolation

- Depression

- High blood pressure

- Smoke

- Fat

- High blood sugar

- Poor oral health

Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV)

- Has a traumatic brain injury

- Regularly drink alcohol

- Polluted air


 

7. Diabetes

Diabetes Number of annual deaths globally: ~ 1,600,000

Responsible for ~2.6% of all global deaths.


The most fatal subtype:

Type 2 diabetes


The biggest risk factors:

Age (Type 1 is most common in children and adults under 25 years old; Type 2 is most common in people over 45 years of age)

- Genetic predisposition

- Obesity (Type 2)

- Physical inactivity (Category 2)


 

8. Traffic accidents

Traffic accidents

Traffic accidents
Traffic accidents

Global annual deaths: ~1,400,000

Responsible for ~2.3% of all global deaths.


The most fatal subtype:

Road traffic accidents caused by cars


The biggest risk factors:

- Distracted driving

- Excessive speed

- Drunk

- Driving in rain, snow or fog

- Night driving


 

9. Diarrhea

Diarrhea Global annual deaths: ~ 1,350,000 People

responsible for ~2.2% of all global deaths.


The subtype that causes most deaths:

There are no sub-categories


The biggest risk factor:

- Bacterial or viral infection

- Using antibiotics or some other drugs

Lactose intolerance (after eating dairy products)

- Consumption of artificial sweeteners or fructose

- Celiac disease

- Crohn's disease

- Ulcerative colitis

- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)


 

10. Tuberculosis

Tuberculosis (infectious disease)


Global annual deaths: ~1,300,000

Responsible for ~2.1% of all global deaths.


The most fatal subtype:

Pulmonary TB


The greatest risk factors (for both infection and mortality after infection):

- HIV AIDS

- Silicosis

- Malnutrition

- Malnutrition

- Chronic kidney failure

- Smoke

- Drinking too much alcohol

Certain medications (especially those for rheumatoid arthritis)


 


The 10 most common causes of death (currently) in the world


1. HEART / HEART DISEASE ONLY

Responsible for ~27.2% of all global deaths


2. CANCER

Responsible for ~16.5% of all deaths globally


3. CORONAVIRUS

Responsible for ~7.1% of all global deaths


4. RESPIRATORY DISEASE

Responsible for ~5.6% of all global deaths


5. PNEUMONIA

Responsible for ~4.9% of all global deaths


6. MEMORY DISEASE

Responsible for ~3.3% of all global deaths


7. DIABETES

Responsible for ~2.6% of all global deaths


8. TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS

Responsible for ~2.3% of all deaths globally


9. DIARRHEA

Responsible for ~2.2% of all global deaths


10. TUBERCULOSIS

Responsible for ~2.1% of all deaths globally


List of the most common causes of death in the world by the number of people who die annually from their respective causes. The data source is WHO & World Life Expectancy. All types of cardiovascular disease, cancer, respiratory disease and dementia are grouped into one category. Data on coronavirus deaths from Worldometers (as of August 2021).


 

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