Australia’s Leading Causes of Death for a Better Health Awareness

The totality of the number of deaths in Australia is estimated up to 158,000 during the previous year. During the year 2016 about less than 1,000 people died compared to the year 2015, which is drastically improving. Around almost 82,000 who died during the previous year were males while nearly 77,000 of these deaths were females. Below shows the top 10 leading causes of death in Australia in 2016 to enrich your health awareness.

1st: Heart Diseases

Coronary heart disease is an ailment that affects the blood supply towards the heart. For a long time, the heart disease has been Australia’s leading cause of death, even with its rate declining over the past few years. Risk factors for heart disease include:

  • High Cholesterol
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Imbalance Diet
  • Illegal Drugs and Substance Abuse
  • Obesity

Approximately, 9 out of 10 Australians are most likely suffering from one of these risk factors which can be prevented via exercise. In fact, it is expected to have 400,000 Australians which will have a heart attack sometime in their lives.

2nd: Dementia

Numbers of people diagnosed with dementia has drastically been increasing throughout the years. Dementia is known to be a severe disorder associated with mental decline. It is a general term for common symptoms such as problems of memory loss, depression, hallucination and even state of confusion. The most common form of dementia is the Alzheimer’s disease. This accounts about 50-75% of all cases of dementia.

3rd: Cerebrovascular Diseases

As a disease that accounts nearly 7% of the total number of deaths across the country, cerebrovascular ailments have landed on the third highest incidence at present. Cerebrovascular diseases occur when the blood supply in the brain is heavily blocked due to certain circumstances. The most prevalent type of cerebrovascular disease is a stroke. Strokes happen when an area of the brain is heavily damaged due to lack of blood supply. This can be very harmful to it leads to leading to paralysis of movement and speech impairment.

4th: Lung and Throat Cancers

Throat and lung cancers were ranked as the fourth cause of death in 2016. Approximately, around 8,400 people are falling in this battle. It had increased of about 300 more compared to the year 2015. Overall both diseases comprise around 5.3% of Australian’s deaths.

Since lung and throat cancers are only part of the many types of cancers, when all combined together, it can easily become the biggest cause of deaths, overtaking any heart-related diseases by a significant margin.

5th: Chronic Respiratory Diseases

With an estimate of 8000 deaths, diseases related to chronic lower respiratory problems have landed on the 5th spot of the largest causes of death last year. The two most prevalent types of these diseases are bronchiectasis and asthma.

These diseases happen when complications occur within the branch passages in the lungs that functions to stimulate the flow of air.

Do not hesitate to contact local health centres when you are feeling something deep within. It’s always best to stay safe. Always remember that prevention is better than cure. Always visit the Health Clubs.