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Top 10 Causes of Death Around the World

Top 10 Causes of Death Around the World

Most humans don’t like to think about dying, but it’s an inevitability for all of us. How or why we will die isn’t something any of us can know for certain, but there are plenty of things that can tip the scales one way or the other.

Statistically, eating a fatty hamburger or smoking cigarettes is far more dangerous than flying on a plane or swimming with sharks, but which causes of death do you think get the biggest headlines?

Examining the top causes of death around the world can help us (and medical researchers) understand where the biggest threats and challenges lie. While we here in America worry about GMOs and BPA in our food packaging, millions around the world are still tackling simple problems like clean drinking water and malaria. These deaths are fully preventable, yet a lack of resources and political barriers have allowed them to continue.

Wondering about the biggest threat to life in your country? The interactive infographic below has some surprising statistics you’ve got to see to believe.

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Beth Buczynski

Beth is a freelance writer and editor living in the Rocky Mountain West. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog or check out her blog.


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8:07AM PST on Nov 26, 2013

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3:32AM PST on Nov 17, 2013

Only one thing in life is for certain, death, no matter which way.

4:21PM PST on Nov 15, 2013

thanks for sharing!

12:14PM PST on Nov 8, 2013

updates welcomed

8:12AM PST on Nov 4, 2013

I try to focus on living a happy life and in the moment. Death will come soon enough

11:33AM PDT on Nov 2, 2013

Looking at the info gram 6 causes of death in poor countries (malaria, tb etc.) could be almost eradicated if only they had better living conditions etc. and that is very sad and so unnecessary, in the wealthy world what I have COPD is the 6th killer disease (oh well I'm not alone) and fourth world wide. So thank you for the interesting statistics as I say the poor country's ones we should all be ashamed of.

2:55AM PDT on Nov 2, 2013

Thank you :)

8:41PM PDT on Oct 30, 2013

interesting, thanks!

3:41AM PDT on Oct 24, 2013

Thank you Beth, for Sharing this!

10:42AM PDT on Oct 21, 2013


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I've printed these out and will definitely include them in my fitness regimen.

Thanks for sharing.

"I’m a strong supporter of natural health therapies, which sometimes also lack scientific proof…

I think I'll take the chocolate over the garlic. ;-)


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