Welcome to DU! The truly grassroots left-of-center political community where regular people, not algorithms, drive the discussions and set the standards. Join the community: Create a free account Support DU (and get rid of ads!): Become a Star Member Latest Breaking News General Discussion The DU Lounge All Forums Issue Forums Culture Forums Alliance Forums Region Forums Support Forums Help & Search

General Discussion

Showing Original Post only (View all)

AZ Progressive

(3,411 posts)
Tue Dec 22, 2015, 10:36 PM Dec 2015

Top 10 causes of death in 1900 vs 1960 vs 2010 [View all]

This goes to show one way how nowadays is better than it has ever been before.

Click on the link to see detailed charts and graphs on the top 10 causes of death over time.

From: http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp1113569?query=featured_home&

The top 10 causes of death in the United States:

(All figures are in # of deaths / 100,000)


1900:

1. Influenza & Pneumonia: 202.2
2. Tuberculosis: 194.4
3. Gastrointestinal infections: 142.7
4. Heart Disease: 137.4
5. Cerebrovascular disease (stroke): 106.9
6. Nepropathies: 88.6
7. All Accidents: 72.3
8. Cancer: 64.0
9. Senility: 50.2
10. Diphtheria: 40.3


1960:

1. Heart Disease: 369.0
2. Cancer: 149.2
3. Cerebrovascular disease (stroke): 108.0
4. Disease of early infancy: 37.4
5. Influenza & Pneumonia: 37.3
6. Non-motor vehicle accidents: 31.0
7. Motor vehicle accidents: 21.3
8. Vascular disease: 20.0
9. Diabetes: 16.7
10. Congenital malformations: 12.2



2010:

1. Heart Disease: 192.9
2. Cancer: 185.9
3. Chronic Airways Disease: 44.6
4. Cerebrovascular disease (stroke): 41.8
5. All Accidents: 38.2
6. Alzheimers Disease: 27.0
7. Diabetes: 22.3
8. Nepropathies: 16.3
9. Influenza & Pneumonia: 16.2
10. Suicide: 12.2


Check out the link and click on the interactive graphic on the right to see detailed charts and graphs on the top 10 causes of death over time.

http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp1113569?query=featured_home&

23 replies = new reply since forum marked as read
Highlight: NoneDon't highlight anything 5 newestHighlight 5 most recent replies
fascinating. thanks KentuckyWoman Dec 2015 #1
A member of my family (old-timey) died from "dropsy" SoCalDem Dec 2015 #2
"Dropsy" is edema, so that was probably congestive heart failure Spider Jerusalem Dec 2015 #3
that suicide is now in the top 10 is a sad commentary on our society Amishman Dec 2015 #4
The rate has actually remained steady oberliner Dec 2015 #7
It's good that the top 4 in 2010 are primarily old age illnesses FLPanhandle Dec 2015 #5
Is "senility" what they called Alzheimers in 1900? oberliner Dec 2015 #6
I think you're right - Alzheimer's only came into common use in the last few decades hatrack Dec 2015 #8
Three of my four grandparents died of infections that now can be cured with antibiotics. greatauntoftriplets Dec 2015 #9
Sad to think how many lives have been lost to what are now considered trivial infections. eppur_se_muova Dec 2015 #13
It really is sad. greatauntoftriplets Dec 2015 #16
I'm only here because of 3 deaths. OnlinePoker Dec 2015 #19
That happened quite frequently back then, unfortunately. greatauntoftriplets Dec 2015 #21
Cancer doesn't look good. mmonk Dec 2015 #10
More people are living long enough to get cancer -- ironically, that's a good thing. eppur_se_muova Dec 2015 #12
Indeed it does not look good. GeeNeeUs Dec 2015 #14
"detox" - LOL trotsky Dec 2015 #17
Alas, even your liver can be overwhelmed by synthetic toxic chemical crud GeeNeeUs Dec 2015 #18
Do you know what causes most liver cancers? trotsky Dec 2015 #20
One reason why our environmental issues only get more complicated The2ndWheel Dec 2015 #11
Lots of infectious diseases went down due to improved hygiene ... eppur_se_muova Dec 2015 #15
A useful guide would be average age of death over the years. Eleanors38 Dec 2015 #22
What, pray tell, are "nepropathies"? KamaAina Dec 2015 #23
Latest Discussions»General Discussion»Top 10 causes of death in...