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Statistics on various diseases and just where the U.S. falls among the countries of the world since it spends $5,200 (double what the number 2 country spends) per person on health care every year...here are some vital in-house stats...

Some interesting facts from various years....

1. US not in top 10 for life expectency (in fact,  recent  research puts the US at 42. 41 Countries spend less money and get greater benefits.)

2. US is 28th out of 38 countries for infant mortality

3. From 2002, 53% of the world's popultion lives on less than $2 per day

  1980 2003

Cause of death Deaths Cause of death Deaths

All persons        
. . . All causes 1,989,841 All causes 2,448,288
1 Diseases of heart 761,085 Diseases of heart 685,089
2 Malignant neoplasms 416,509 Malignant neoplasms 556,902
3 Cerebrovascular diseases 170,225 Cerebrovascular diseases 157,689
4 Unintentional injuries 105,718 Chronic lower respiratory diseases 126,382
5 Chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases 56,050 Unintentional injuries 109,277
6 Pneumonia and influenza 54,619 Diabetes mellitus 74,219
7 Diabetes mellitus 34,851 Influenza and pneumonia 65,163
8 Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis 30,583 Alzheimer's disease 63,457
9 Atherosclerosis 29,449 Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis 42,453
10 Suicide 26,869 Septicemia 34,069
. . . All causes 1,075,078 All causes 1,201,964
1 Diseases of heart 405,661 Diseases of heart 336,095
2 Malignant neoplasms 225,948 Malignant neoplasms 287,990
3 Unintentional injuries 74,180 Unintentional injuries 70,532
4 Cerebrovascular diseases 69,973 Cerebrovascular diseases 61,426
5 Chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases 38,625 Chronic lower respiratory diseases 60,714
6 Pneumonia and influenza 27,574 Diabetes mellitus 35,438
7 Suicide 20,505 Influenza and pneumonia 28,778
8 Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis 19,768 Suicide 25,203
9 Homicide 18,779 Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis 20,481
10 Diabetes mellitus 14,325 Alzheimer's disease 18,335
. . . All causes 914,763 All causes 1,246,324
1 Diseases of heart 355,424 Diseases of heart 348,994
2 Malignant neoplasms 190,561 Malignant neoplasms 268,912
3 Cerebrovascular diseases 100,252 Cerebrovascular diseases 96,263
4 Unintentional injuries 31,538 Chronic lower respiratory diseases 65,668
5 Pneumonia and influenza 27,045 Alzheimer's disease 45,122
6 Diabetes mellitus 20,526 Diabetes mellitus 38,781
7 Atherosclerosis 17,848 Unintentional injuries 38,745
8 Chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases 17,425 Influenza and pneumonia 36,385
9 Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis 10,815 Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis 21,972
10 Certain conditions originating in the perinatal period 9,815


(systemic blood disease from pathogenic bacteria)


Some interesting trends are revealed from this government chart for death causes in the United States. First, it would be helpful to know the total population in both years so a rate percentage of change could be calculated. The raw death rate numbers are just the facts. There is some overlap in listing the cause of death when two or more conditions are present at the same time that could be responsible. Smokers can develop both lung cancer and respiratory emphysema.

OUR Hats Off

Heart disease and strokes have decreased thanks to better medical treatment procedures and a great emergency response team of Paramedics and Firemen. Note: Many people are alive today that owe a very grateful thank you to these brave and tireless saviors. A little known unfortunate fact is that Firemen have the highest on the job death rate from heart attacks and strokes of any occupation. The next time a proposition appears on the ballot to give them more money for our protection, VOTE YES! They not only deserve it, they more than earn it every day.

Cancers, listed as malignant neoplasms, are UP. Since the number of male smokers has declined, where is this increase coming from?  

SIDEBAR: The American Cancer Society has reported that the rate of new cancers has decreased over the years from 2001 to 2004. Mainly from the decrease in number of male smokers, earlier detection, and better treatment protocols. Almost 60% of the 2004 reduction is from colon cancers alone. Will have to wait and see how the other cancers play out.

Diabetes has doubled and the four years from 2003 until now will probably show even greater increases. 

Chronic Pulmonary conditions, now listed as respiratory conditions, have also doubled.  Just what does the change in terminology mean? 

Influenza and pneumonia are maintaining but have been passed by a new comer, Alzheimer's.

Chronic liver disease has fallen out of the top ten and has been replaced with Septicemia, a bodywide systemic disease caused by toxic build up in blood from pathogenic microorganisms.

DEATH STATS for Vitamins to Cardiovascular Disease

Dietary Supplements
Honey Bee Stings   0,0008%
Insect Stings (All)   0,0020%
Sports injuries   0,0020%
Lightning   0,0041%
Animal Bites (dogs, etc)   0,0048%
Horse/animal riding   0,0052%
Penicillin Allergy   0,0144%
Slips/Falls Whilst Walking   0,019%
Electrical Accidents   0,038%
Freezing   0,048%
Firearms Accidents   0,079%
Poisonings   0,17%
Asthma   0,19%
Home Fires   0,19%
Drowning    0,21%
Food    0,24%
Pedestrians-vehicle    0,37%
Radon Gas    0,62%
Murder    0,94%
Suicide    1,41%
Motor Vehicle Accidents    2,20%
Preventable Medical Misadventure    2,40%
Alcohol    4,49%
Properly Prescribed & Used Drugs    5,18%
Smoking    7,19%
Cancer    22,11%
Cardiovascular Disease       47%

Have Americans Increased Their Fruit and Vegetable Intake?

The Trends Between 1988 and 2002

aDepartment of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland
bCenter for Human Nutrition and Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland
cWelch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology, and Clinical Research, Baltimore, Maryland

Available online 23 March 2007.

Refers to: Still Not Enough: Can We Achieve Our Goals for Americans to Eat More Fruits and Vegetables in the Future?
American Journal of Preventive MedicineVolume 32, Issue 4April 2007Pages 354-355
Linda Nebeling, Amy L. Yaroch, Jennifer D. Seymour and Joel Kimmons
Abstract | Full Text + Links | PDF (45 K)


Previous research indicates that few Americans meet the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) guidelines for fruit and vegetable consumption, and that adequate fruit and vegetable consumption may decrease the risk for chronic disease.


Twenty-four-hour dietary recall data from NHANES III, 1988–1994 (n=14,997) and NHANES 1999–2002 (n=8910) were used to assess adult (equal to or more than 18 years) trends in daily fruit and vegetable consumption (number of servings and types).


In 1988–1994, an estimated 27% of adults met the USDA guidelines for fruit (equal to or more than two servings) and 35% met the guidelines for vegetables (equal to or more than three servings). In 1999–2002, 28% and 32% of adults met fruit and vegetable guidelines, respectively. There was a significant decrease in vegetable consumption over time (p=0.026). Only 11% met USDA guidelines for both fruits and vegetables in 1988–1994 and 1999–2002, indicating no change in consumption (p=0.963). In both data sets, non-Hispanic blacks were less likely to meet USDA guidelines compared to non-Hispanic whites (p<0.05). Higher income and greater education were significantly associated with meeting the guidelines in both data sets (p<0.05).


Despite the initiation of a national fruit and vegetable campaign in 1991, the findings indicated that Americans’ fruit and vegetable consumption did not increase in 1999–2002, and only a small proportion met the related dietary recommendations. Greater public health efforts and approaches are needed to promote healthy eating in the United States.

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