10 Top Causes Of Death To Know

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Although novel coronavirus covid-19 has taken the lives of over a million people in less than a year, this is still not the top cause of disease. Interestingly enough, most people don’t die from infectious disease instead through non-communicable disease (virus/illness that is not transmitted from one person to another). The top 10 causes of death may be a little grim but they’re all that we should know about!

Top 10 Causes Of Deaths That Are The Biggest Killers 

The non-communicable disease now covers more death than any other cause of death. The top causes of deaths that you need to know for better are:

Ischemic Heart Disease 

On number one of the list, you have a disease from the cardiovascular category- called ischemic heart disease. A condition in which blood flow and oxygen to the heart muscles is reduced when required in a greater amount. It happens in a state of excitement and exertion.

Symptoms can be seen at times like chest pain, angina attack, or no symptoms at all. If you are having:

  • Diabetes (type I or type II)
  • Obesity (borderline or severe)
  • Blood pressure issue 
  • Family history of any diseases (mainly heart disease)

You are at the risk of ischemic heart disease, but everyone doesn’t get attacked by this condition.

No worries if you get affected because medication (drug therapy) is available, and in case of emergency, you can also undergo a surgical procedure.


A stroke happens when there is an obstruction in proper blood supply specifically to the brain, so as a consequence blood vessel ruptures and results in internal bleeding.

Parts of the body that are controlled by the affected area of the brain show symptoms such as;

  • Dizziness 
  • Vision issue (blur, double, or darkening)
  • Paralysis
  • One side of the body becomes numb, pain while moving, or weak.

Seek doctor’s advice on the above symptoms as soon as possible, delaying permanent disability, or death might happen.

The primary type of stroke includes;

Ischemic stroke: blood flow reduced to a particular part of the brain

Hemorrhage stroke: internal bleeding 

Transient ischemic stroke: also called a mini-stroke, it’s a sign of stroke won’t be neglected and consult a doctor within 24 hours to avoid further loss (take it is a warning). This is why it has to be added to the top 10 causes of death list.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD)

It is a lung disease; if you split the first part of the illness, you will understand it more clearly 

Chronic – persisting or from long term 

Obstructive – causing of blockage and difficult 

Lungs problem that is continuing blocking the airflow in the lung, which makes it hard for breathing. Happens to occur in middle-aged people that must have a history of some gases that destroy air sac could be smoking, tobacco intake, or maybe prolong working in the chemical industry. Symptoms are;

  • Fatigue 
  • Coughing 
  • Difficulty while inhaling or exhaling
  • Throat cleaning (if it is a daily requirement, it’s getting worse)  

The risk is greater if you have any other lung disease as well, for instance, asthma. 

And yes, treatment is available; you just need to consult a pulmonologist and respiratory therapist; early diagnosis can increase the quality of life. It is also said that people may have it and still unaware of it!

Lower Respiratory Infections 

These infections are because of viruses and bacteria. Usually, viruses cause bronchitis, pneumonia, and other lung infections and diseases.

Symptoms may include;

  • Dry cough
  • Mild headache (fever in severe infections)
  • Rapid breathing 

Usually, these infections get treated by medications, inhalers prescribed by doctors, and lifestyle changes like increase water intake, avoid smoking, steaming, etc.

In extreme pneumonia cases, when fluid increases in the lungs, the patient needs a ventilator to support his/her breathing and may cause them to death within no time.

So in any case of lungs issue don’t overlook it consult health professionals

Neonatal Conditions 

Neonatal disorder means an abnormal body state, which reflects in his/her organs and other body functions that get clearer by the time he/she grows.

  • Anemia 
  • Hemolytic disorders 
  • Respiratory dysfunction
  • Neonatal infection 

The above mention can be diagnosed after birth, and further complications (if any) are seen by the time baby grows.

Obstetricians (one who can deal with pregnancy aspects – relating from prenatal to postnatal care) have a significant role in play a significant role to reducing neonatal disorders. Timely checkups, proper intake including all the essentials as per requirement, multi-vitamins may avoid further complications.

Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is one of the causes of deaths globally; cancer cells increase rapidly, reducing the life span of patients to five years approximately. 

And again, smokers are at high risk, and those who inhale other gases, family background increases your risk even high. This is very common and so it takes a place in the top 10 causes of death!

Alzheimer Disease 

A common disease in which you lose memory and fail to remember things of daily life, cognitive also get affected. It actually damages the connection with the brain that makes you forget little things.


By coming all long way in medicine, diarrhea has still a deadly disease, especially children below the age of five are more at risk.  Loose motion, watery stools take away essentials minerals from your body and dehydrate you in no time.

The main reason is dehydration and fatigue. Can be treated and if remain neglected and prolong up to weeks cause of death for infants, and older citizens.  


Most of the population now suffers from diabetes. It is a condition in which sugar level increases, a pancreas that is supposed to produce insulin and control glucose in blood slow down their function. Therefore medicines are given to such patients, and even injecting insulin to balance the body sugar level can also be suggested.

Kidney Disorders

A most essential part of the human body responsible for excreting waste from the body and pure bladder from toxic. Can cause by;

  • Diabetes 
  • High blood pressure
  • Processed food 
  • Unhealthy lifestyle

If not treated on time can cause kidney failure, which leaves you on dialysis and kidney transplant. 

What Can You Do To Maintain A Better Lifestyle?

The good news is that you can always work on your body.

  • Make a healthy diet plan or get one from a dietician 
  • Do work out for yourself daily (min 30 minutes)
  • Avoid bad habits like smoking, tobacco, and you know it.
  • Take a walk with nature, oh so nourishing!
  • Clean mess and ventilate your living place 
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