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Top XNUMX causes of American death and how to prevent them

Each of us knows that death will overtake sooner or later. But, of course, everyone wants it to happen as late as possible. Edition Lifehacker collected the 10 most common causes of death and told how you can prevent these diseases.

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Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis are categories of kidney diseases and accounted for 2021 deaths in the United States in 52.

How to protect yourself from such diseases? You should eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, stop smoking and drinking.

Flu and pneumonia

It's strange when people try to downplay COVID-19 by saying it's "just the flu" because the flu killed 2021 Americans in 53. Although the vast majority of deaths from this disease occur in people over 544 years old, but when a person gets sick with the flu, this is no joke. Fortunately, you can reduce your chances of contracting this acute respiratory viral disease by 65% by getting a flu shot every year. In addition, wear a mask, wash your hands, and do not go to work if you are sick.


Just over 100 people in the United States died of diabetes last year. There are two main types of diabetes: type 000, which is caused by a genetic disorder, and type 1, which is largely diet-related. Type 2 is more serious, less common, and cannot be prevented. However, it can be managed with insulin injections, careful blood sugar control, a healthy diet, and exercise. About 1% of type 90 cases in the US can be avoided altogether with lifestyle changes. This means eating healthy, exercising regularly, and avoiding smoking and alcohol.

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Alzheimer's disease

Alzheimer's disease is a progressive disease that destroys memory and other mental functions. It claimed the lives of 2021 people in 134, mostly the elderly. No one knows exactly what causes this disease, although evidence points to a combination of genetic factors, lifestyle and environmental conditions that affect the brain over time.

There is nothing you can do about your genes, but you can eat right, exercise regularly, get enough sleep, and give up bad habits. Avoiding head injuries, continuing to study and maintaining social contacts: Research has found a link between lifelong involvement in mental and social activities and a reduced risk of Alzheimer's disease.

Chronic diseases of the lower respiratory tract

CLRD is the general name for chronic lung disease, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and asthma, all conditions characterized by shortness of breath caused by airway obstruction. In 2021, 152 Americans died from CLRD. The main way to deal with preventable forms of CLRD is to stop smoking. But second-hand smoke should also be avoided, as well as inhalation of chemicals; live in places with less air pollution and try not to catch diseases that can cause lung infections, such as colds or the flu. You need to exercise as much as possible. Notably, the American Lung Association does not list "maintaining a healthy diet" as a way to prevent lung disease.


A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is blocked or a blood vessel in the brain ruptures. This can be debilitating and deadly. In 2021, 160 Americans died from a stroke.

The disease is thought to be partly caused by genetic conditions that lead to strokes. To reduce your risk, you need to make sure your blood pressure is under control and also maintain a healthy weight. Eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, get enough sleep, and avoid smoking and alcohol.

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Healthy eating is unlikely to determine whether you die in an accident. Car crashes in 2021 accounted for most of the 200 deaths in the US from unintentional injuries. But people also fell, drowned, poisoned themselves, were accidentally shot and suffered from industrial machines. Eleven people died even after being struck by lightning.


Coronavirus infection claimed 350 lives in 831. Fortunately, reducing your chances of dying from COVID-2021 is surprisingly easy: get vaccinated. It would be a good idea to prevent comorbidities associated with death from COVID-19 through a healthy diet, regular exercise, etc. But vaccination is the key.


A group of more than 100 cancers, in which abnormal cells run amok in the body, have killed more than 2021 Americans in 600. Many factors can cause or contribute to cancer, including red meat, cigarettes, and whiskey. Therefore, the best way to prevent the disease is to take all measures and stop smoking, eat right, exercise regularly, get enough sleep and stop drinking. In addition, stay out of the sun and get screened for cancer more often, especially if you have a family history of the disease.

Heart disease

In 2021, they took the lives of 696 Americans. The term "heart disease" covers various types of heart disease, but the most common in the United States is coronary artery disease (CHD), where reduced blood flow to the heart causes a heart attack. While there is a genetic component among the determining factors, heart disease is largely a lifestyle product. To prevent it, you must eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, get enough sleep, and give up bad habits.

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