By Age: 30s
The 30's are the prime of life and rarely a time of major health concerns. The most common concerns remain sexual conditions (STDs), various infections (e.g. cold), and a variety of conditions. Death is rare (about 1-in-500 to 1-in-1,000) and the main causes of death in the early 30's are accidents, suicide, and homicide, with cancer and heart disease getting into the top three places for the late 30's and early 40's.
Sexual conditions: Young adulthood is a time of sexual energy. Unfortunately, sexuality also brings with it various medical concerns of sexually transmitted diseases including HIV, genital herpes, chlamydia, PID, and various others.
Common conditions: Although they reduce somewhat in the 30's, infectious conditions are still common such as the usual suspects such as cold, flu, mono, CMV, infectious diarrhea, and various others. This active time of life also has relatively high rates of accidents and injuries.
Other conditions: Young adulthood is also a peak time for various uncommon autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and lupus. Various other conditions that may affect young adults include migraine, schizophrenia, interstitial cystitis, and narcolepsy. Behavioral conditions such as anxiety disorders, panic disorder, phobias, or OCD may also appear in young adulthood. Serious chronic conditions such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes are not common, but are gradually increasing with age.
Death Rate: Fortunately, death is rare in the 30's with an annual rate of about 1-in-1000 for ages 25-34 and 1-in-500 for ages 35-44.
Top Ten Causes of Death: For ages 25-34 years, the top ten causes of death in USA 1999 were:
- accidents (29.0%),
- suicide (12.4%),
- homicide (10.3%),
- cancer (9.8%),
- heart disease (7.5%),
- HIV (6.6%),
- diabetes (1.4%),
- cerebrovascular diseases including stroke (1.4%),
- congenital defects including chromosome conditions (1.1%),
- chronic liver disease and cirrhosis (1.0%), and
- other causes (19.5%) [CDC NVSR 2001].
For ages 35-44 years, the top ten causes of death in USA 1999 were:
- cancer (18.7%),
- accidents (17.1%),
- heart disease (15.2%),
- suicide (7.2%),
- HIV (7.0%),
- chronic liver disease and cirrhosis (3.7%),
- homicide (3.6%),
- cerebrovascular diseases including stroke (2.9%),
- diabetes (2.2%),
- influenza and pneumonia (1.2%), and o
- ther causes (21.2%) [CDC NVSR 2001].
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