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CDC: 20 to 40 Percent of Deaths from Leading Causes are Preventable

Posted on February 14, 2016 by Disability Help Group

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 20 to 40 percent of deaths related to the top five causes are preventable. Premature death from the five leading causes of death affects close to 900,000 people every year. Unintentional injuries are one of the top five leading causes of death. The other four are diseases.

As many as 39 percent of fatal unintentional injuries (car accidents, falls, etc.) are preventable. Topping the list of preventable diseases are chronic lower respiratory diseases, 39 percent of which are preventable.  Some of the risks that can lead to these illnesses includes smoking (along with secondhand exposure), allergens, occupational agents and pollutants (indoor and outdoor).

About 34 percent of cardiovascular diseases are preventable, according to the CDC. Risks include high blood pressure and cholesterol, inactivity, smoking, overweight, unhealthy eating and type 2 diabetes. About 33 percent of fatal strokes are preventable. Risks linked to stroke include lack of exercise, heart disease, diabetes, prior stroke, smoking, overweight and high blood pressure or cholesterol.

And finally, about 21 percent of cancer deaths are preventable. Some of the risks include sun exposure, exposure to chemicals/substances, viruses/bacteria and ionizing radiation. As with the other diseases, not taking care of oneself is also a contributing factor.

People may take steps to reduce their chance of premature death by adopting a healthy lifestyle. Talk to your doctor for more personalized information.

Disability by Top 5 Causes of Death

These causes of death also put people at risk of disability in nonfatal cases or prior to death. If they progress to a point where an individual can no longer work, it may allow for Social Security disability benefits. To qualify, a claimant must meet certain criteria established by Social Security Administration.

Unfortunately, even when someone meets the requirements there can be challenges in obtaining benefits. For help avoiding unnecessary delays in receiving disability benefits or to appeal a denied claim, don’t hesitate to seek legal counsel. a representative from Disability Help Group can help. Call 1-(800)-800-3332.