The top ten causes of death in men from one to ten are heart disease, cancer, unintentional injuries, stroke, lung disease, diabetes, pneumonia, suicide, kidney disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. Men have shorter life expectancies than women. While we will all die eventually, there are measures we can take to live longer, healthier lives, which will improve the overall quality of our lives and our family’s.
According to the U.S. Centre for Disease Control (CDC), in 2010 over one million American men died of heart disease or one of the nine other leading causes of death. That represents 80 percent of all deaths by men that year. Men are more likely than women to die from most of these causes. Luckily, many of these diseases can be prevented; men can make choices in taking steps to avoid them by balancing lifestyle patterns and having regular checkups by a health care practitioner.
Let’s look at the major diseases and their statistics:
- Men develop heart disease 10-15 years earlier than women, therefore men are more likely to die in their prime of life.
- Nearly 800,000 people die from heart disease annually, the equivalent of 29% of all deaths in the United States.
- In 2010 heart disease was the cause of death of over 500,000 males.
- According to the (CDC) the leading causes of cancer deaths in men are of the lung, prostate, and colon.
- In 2010 over 300,000 men died from cancer in the U.S.
- Lung cancer is the most common cancer for men and women.
- Ninety percent of lung cancer is caused by cigarette smoking.
- In 2010 over 120,000 men died from lung cancer in the U.S
- Including falling accidents, motor vehicle accidents and fire related deaths
- In that order, the male fatality rate from a fall is 49% higher in men than women, the fatality rate for men drivers is over 60% than for women drivers.
- In 2010 over 65,000 men died from a stroke.
- About 700,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke in the U.S every year and over 150,000 of these people die.
- In 2010 over 70,000 men died from lung-related disease.
- Between 80% to 90% of lung related diseases are caused by smoking.
- As of 2010 over 11 million or 11% of all men aged 20 years and older in the U.S has diabetes.
- Heart disease and stroke account for about 65% of deaths in people with diabetes.
- Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, accounting for 44%.
Influenza and Pneumonia
- In the U.S. on average 10% to 20% of the population gets the flu, more than 200,000 are hospitalised and 36,000 die from flu complications.
- Every year 60,000 people die in the United States from pneumonia; worldwide pneumonia is a leading cause of death in children.
- In 2010 more than 45,000 suicides occurred in the United States, which is the equivalent of over 100 suicides a day.
- Males take their own lives at nearly four times the rate of females and represents 79% of all suicides.
- More than 8 million Americans have a major loss in kidney function. Nearly 400,000 of those require dialysis or a kidney transplant to stay alive.
- The number of kidney failure patients is expected to more than double in the near future due to diabetes.
- The demand for kidney transplants far outweighs supply, for every 100,000 patients only 14,000 transplants were done.
- About 4.5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, about one in ten persons are 65 years of age and older and almost half of those are 85 years of age and older will develop the disease.
- Unless a cure or prevention is found an estimated 14 million Americans will be stricken with the disease by 2030. The most common cause of death for persons with Alzheimer’s is infection.
“Be observant if you would have a pure heart, for something is born to you in consequence of every action.” – Jalaluddin Rumi (1207 – 1273)
Heart disease, coronary artery disease, stroke and diabetes are circulation issues, the root cause of disease and suffering has many names. Dr. Meyer Friedman in his book Behaviour and Your Heart describes that people with type A behaviour subconsciously set up patterns of heart disharmony. Dr. Hans Selye in his book Stress in Health and Disease dubbed it the catatonic attitude.
Dr. Roberto Assagioli, author of The Act of Will spoke of identification, and the great sage Gautama Buddha spoke of attachment. At the root of stress, mother of heart disharmonies, disease and suffering lies a thought pattern; a process, a way of being. According to UCLA’s Dr. Barbara Brown, human distress is “essentially and exclusively a consequence of intellectual activity.”
In Chinese Medicine the heart is considered to be the most important of all the internal organs. The internal classic of Chinese Medicine states that “The heart is the monarch of the five solid organs and five hollow organs and it is the residence of the mind.”
If this is correct then it is easy to understand why heart issues (circulation) manifest when people choose a poor diet, over consumption, work long hours with sleep deprivation and stress levels continually high, a constantly fatigued immune system, then it is no wonder that we become ill from a broken heart.
Circulation type diseases may be a leading cause of death, but that does not mean you have to accept it as fate. You can avoid these problems in the future by adopting healthy lifestyle choices that nourishes the vital processes rather than depleting.
Heart disease prevention tips:
Smoking, substance abuse
After quitting for one year the risk of heart disease drops dramatically.
Exercise for 30 minutes on most days of the week
Physical activity helps to control weight and reduces your chances of developing other conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes. It also reduces stress levels, boosts immunity and increases the feel good hormones.
Eat a healthy diet
This means eating foods that are low in bad fats, cholesterol, and salt. The diet should be rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low fat dairy products, and certain types of fish rich in omega 3.
Maintain a healthy weight
If your body mass index (BMI) is above 25 then take steps to try and lower this. Men are considered overweight if their waist measurement is greater than 101.7 cm.
Get regular health checks
Get regular health checks for blood pressure, cholesterol, and a fasting blood sugar test for diabetes.
Cancer, lung disease, Alzheimer’s, kidney disease
Many things are known to increase the risk of the above diseases such as tobacco, dietary, frequent infections, radiation exposure, lack of physical activity, obesity, and environmental pollutants. The fact is approximately 5-10% of these can be traced directly to inherited genetic defects. The above diseases could be prevented by not smoking, eating fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains, less meat, and refined carbohydrates, maintaining a healthy weight and exercising. Studies have proven that healthy lifestyle habits nourish the immune system and bring pure joy into our lives.