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Last Updated: October 2, 2012  355 views

What are the preventable causes of death?

in: Lifestyle

preventable causesAccording to World Health Organization, the causes of death may also be classified in terms of preventable risk factors, for instance smoking, unhealthy diet, and sexual behavior—which contribute to a number of different diseases. Interestingly, these risk factors are usually not recorded directly on death certificates. Leading causes of preventable death worldwide are Hypertension, smoking tobacco, high cholesterol, malnutrition, sexually transmitted diseases, poor diet, overweight and obesity, physical inactivity, alcohol, indoor air pollution from solid fuels, unsafe water and poor sanitation.

Let’s see the Preventable causes of death data for United States ::

Preventable causes of death

 

 

Cause Number Percent of total  
Smoking tobacco 435,000 18.1%  
Being overweight and obesity 111,909 4.6%  
Alcohol 85,000 3.5%  
Infectious diseases 75,000 3.1%  
Toxic agents including toxins, particulates and radon 55,000 2.3%  
Preventable medical errors in hospitals 44,000 to 98,000    
Traffic collisions 43,000 1.8%  
Firearms deaths 29,000 1.2%  
Sexually transmitted infections 20,000 0.8%  
Drug abuse 17,000 0.7%

 From this chart, you can see that Smoking tobacco is the single most important preventable risk to human health. This is only factor where we pay for our death 🙂 Isn’t it?