Common Causes of Death You Probably Aren’t Taking Seriously
Some of the most common causes of death aren’t what you think. Thousands of people die from cancer, diabetes, and heart disease every year. However, car accidents, drowning, and other horrifying fatalities aren’t any less of a risk.
Not including most of the leading causes of death in the United States, these are the causes of unprecedented fatality you aren’t paying enough attention to.
The National Safety Council reports that choking is the fourth leading cause of unintentional death in the U.S. Just over 5,000 people died as a result of choking in 2015. Nearly 3,000 of these victims were over age 74.
Accidental poisonings kill thousands of people every year. Many of these deaths result from unintentional drug overdoses — but not all of them.
In 2015, over 52,000 people died as a result of drug-related poisonings. An estimated 84% of these deaths were unintentional. Carbon monoxide poisoning, another related cause of death among people of all ages, also takes many lives annually.
Despite attempts to reduce the number of fatalities due to motor vehicle accidents, rates in the U.S. continue to rise. It’s estimated that over 40,000 people died after being in car accidents in 2016.
How big of a role does road rage play in these rising fatalities? A large percentage of drivers report experiencing feelings of anger and aggression while driving, even if it doesn’t directly affect others’ safety on the road.
Older adults are at an increased risk of dying as a result of falling. In 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that older Americans as a whole experienced 29 million falls — causing millions of injuries and many deaths among people over age 65.
Certain medications could make people more likely to experience dangerous falls in their own homes if balance is affected.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 3,536 people died annually from unintentional, non-boating-related drowning accidents.
Unfortunately, about 1 in 5 people who die as a result of drowning are children 14 years or younger. Those who survive unintentional drowning often suffer serious brain damage and disability. Learning to swim, especially at a young age, is one of the most effective ways to prevent drowning.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse estimates that about 64,000 Americans died as a result of a drug overdose in 2016. Synthetic opiates were among the most common causes of drug overdose that year.
Overdosing on any kind of drug can cause irreversible damage to your body and brain. The reason so many overdoses result in fatalities is because not all symptoms are obvious. By the time the body and brain begin to break down, it might already be too late.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention estimates nearly 45,000 Americans die by suicide every single year. It’s the 10th leading cause of death nationally.
Depression doesn’t always result in thoughts of suicide, but it’s a likely cause. Here are the signs someone is contemplating suicide. If you or someone you know displays any of these signs, call a suicide prevention hotline right away to keep you and your loved ones safe.
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