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Ten Leading Causes of Preventable Death


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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified the ten leading causes of preventable death in the United States.

On August 1, 2011, Butler Presbyterian Church will host the talk “The 10 Leading Causes of Death, and How To Prevent Them”. You, our readers are invited to attend at 6 p.m. You will learn the common thread in all these illnesses, and how to prevent each one.

These numbers are taken from the 2007 records provided by the CDC, with the projected increase yearly estimated to be between 15 to 25 %, over the past four years.

In this part of the country, known as the stroke belt, we know that contributing factors have been primarily our diet and sedentary lifestyle. But our choice of foods is by far the major offender.

Diabetes accounted for 71,382 deaths, brought on by high blood sugar, and leads to kidney failure, blindness, heart disease and amputations of the legs and feet.

Influenza and pneumonia killed 52,717 people via viral respiratory illness. The older person, young children and pregnant women are particularly at risk for complications from the flu. Pneumonia is caused by infection due to viruses or bacteria in the lungs.

Kidney diseases were responsible for 46,448 deaths. Inflammation of the kidneys, eating too much meat – causes protein to spill into the urine, infection in the kidneys, chronic conditions such as diabetes, lupus or high blood pressure, all cause and contribute to early death due to kidney failure. Bacteria in the blood (called septicemia) killed 34,828 people, as a result of infections of the lung, abdomen and urinary tract.

Accidents were the No. 5 cause of death among all age groups, motor vehicle accidents were the leading cause of death for those under 34 years old, according to the CDC. For those ages 35 to 74, unintentional poisoning, including drug overdoses, account for more deaths than car crashes.

Alzheimer’s disease killed 74,632 people. This is the most common form of dementia in older adults. The loss of memory, language and thinking skills can devastate a family. Alzheimer’s typically begins around age 60, and the risk of the disease increases with age.

Smoking is the main culprit behind Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Men who smoke are 12 times more likely to die of COPD than men who have never smoked. Avoiding smoking and second hand smoke can reduce the risk of contracting this condition.

Stroke accounted for 135,952 deaths as the blood supply to an area of the brain is blocked, or as a blood vessel in the brain bursts, causing brain cells to die, leaving the victim paralyzed, speech impaired or dead. Risk factors include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, drinking excessive amounts of alcohol and smoking.

Cancer of all types was responsible for the deaths of more than 562,800 people in 2007. Cancer occurs when a defective cell starts to multiply, dividing out of control and invades other tissues and systems. The most common cancers are breast cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer and colorectal cancer.

Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death in the United States today. Having claimed 616,067 lives in 2007 alone, about a quarter of all deaths in the United States. What is “heart disease?”, Heart disease is a heart attack, Congestive Failure, arrhythmia ( fluttering, can’t breathe, dizzy ), chest pain, high blood pressure, coronary artery disease ( hardening of the arteries). All of these are preventable.

Come on Monday, August 1, 2011, at 6 p.m. and learn how to prevent each one of these illnesses and live your life to the max. Remember, Health is a Choice!

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