By Age: 40s
Although the 40's are still times of activity and generally good health, certain health issues start to arise in many people. Serious chronic conditions start to become an issue, but death remains uncommon (about 1-in-500 to 1-in-250).
Serious conditions: By the 40's, certain serious conditions start to raise their profile such as: heart disease, cancer, Type 2 diabetes, and so on. It is important to detect and control various risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, overweight, and obesity.
Death rate: The annual rate of death in the 40's is 0.199% (1 in 502) for ages 35-44 years and 0.427% (1 in 234) for ages 45-54 years.
Top Ten Causes of Death: 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
- other causes (21.2%) [CDC NVSR 2001].
For ages 45-54 years, the top ten causes of death in USA 1999 were:
- cancer (30.5%),
- heart disease (22.9%),
- accidents (7.6%),
- chronic liver disease and cirrhosis (4.2%),
- cerebrovascular diseases including stroke (3.6%),
- suicide (3.3%),
- diabetes (3.1%),
- HIV (2.6%),
- chronic lower respiratory diseases (2.0%),
- influenza and pneumonia (1.1%), and
- other causes (19.1%) [CDC NVSR 2001].
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