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These Are the 10 Leading Causes of Death Among US Adults, the CDC Says

Each year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) releases a list of the leading causes of death among U.S. adults.

USAFacts, a Washington-based nonprofit that compiles and reports on government data, took a deep dive into the latest data to identify any trends.

Among a total of 3.46 million deaths in the year 2021 (the most recent year for which data is available), 74.5% of these deaths were attributed to 10 causes, according to a Thursday press release from USAFacts.

The top three causes of death were heart disease, cancer and COVID-19, which accounted for more than half of the mortalities — despite the fact that death rates have been declining for both cancer and heart disease over the last 20 years.

Below are the top 10 causes of death, which accounted for 75.4% of all deaths.

  1. Heart disease: 695,547
  2. Cancer: 605,213
  3. COVID-19: 416,893
  4. Accidents: 224,935
  5. Stroke: 162,890
  6. Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 142,342
  7. Alzheimer’s disease: 119,399
  8. Diabetes: 103,294
  9. Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis: 56,585
  10. Kidney disease: 54,358

The age-adjusted death rate has decreased for six of these causes between 1999 and 2021, with the sharpest declines seen for influenza and pneumonia (-55.3%), heart disease (-34.8%) and strokes (-33.3%), according to the report.

Not all causes of death have declined, however.

Alzheimer’s disease deaths rose by 88%, while unintentional injury deaths rose 83% over the time period, USAFacts noted.

Deaths overall rose 2.4% since the prior list, going from 3.38 million in 2020 to 3.46 million in 2021.

“Other causes of death may also factor into the rising death toll of 2021, namely those related to the COVID-19 pandemic — suicide and violent crimes, both of which have been on the rise in recent years,” Dr. Brett Osborn, a Florida neurosurgeon and longevity expert who was not involved in the study, told Fox News Digital.

“I have witnessed this at the Level I trauma center where I operate, and it is paralleled in the statistics from the local health care district,” he added.

People age 85 and older have the highest mortality rate across 14 of the 16 leading causes of death — with the exceptions of liver disease and homicide, which primarily affect younger groups.

Among genders, men had a higher mortality rate than women for all but two of the 17 leading causes of death.

The data showed that men had a 61.9% higher rate of heart disease deaths and were more than 50% likely to die from an unintentional accident.

Women, however, were 47.5% more likely to die from Alzheimer’s disease.

There were some disparities among races and ethnicities, USAFacts noted.

Black or African American individuals had higher rates of heart disease and hypertension.

American Indians or Alaskan Natives were more likely to have unintentional injuries, chronic liver disease, cirrhosis and diabetes.

Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders also had a higher occurrence of diabetes.

The CDC’s report is based on underlying causes of death listed on U.S. death certificates as determined by medical professionals, typically tied to a disease or injury.

The causes of death are categorized according to the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, which is maintained by the World Health Organization (WHO).

‘A call for change’

The CDC’s mortality cause data suggests that “the overall health of the United States is in bad shape, mentally and physically,” Osborn said.

“COVID-19 ravaged the United States because nearly 75% of Americans are categorically overweight or obese by BMI (body mass index) standards,” he noted.

“Obesity is a gateway disease to nearly all other age-related diseases, such a cardiovascular disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease, the latter of which has been on the rise proportional to the rising BMI of most Americans over the past 20 years,” he said.

Unless adjustments are made, Osborn said, he believes the life expectancy of Americans will continue to decline, even as it has rebounded in similarly developed countries since the pandemic.

“Despite our access to state-of-the-art technology and forefront innovations, our health, individually and as a nation, continues to falter,” the doctor said. “This is a call for change.”

  • Blackwidow says:

    1,3,5,6 are higher due to covid jab and where is the flu on the list?

  • SH says:

    What, no climate change or scary guns on the list? LOL

  • Dan the Man says:

    The CDC has fudged so many numbers the past 3-4 years, I no longer trust what they say. It’s already been proven that many people died WITH Covid and not OF Covid…. Big difference when it’s just another complication and NOT the source….. jeez

  • f says:

    I doubt you can take ANYTHING coming out of the CDC as fact. They (along w/ every alphabet agency in the country), has lost ALL credibility since COVID and this current ILLEGITIMATE ‘Administration’ took over.

    First off, NO ONE has EVER died of Alzheimer’s. They lose their cognitive abilities, but no one has ever died of this disease. I have NO idea what would allow the CDC, (the all-knowing ‘experts’) to even classify this as a CREDIBLE cause of death.

    Secondly, although I find any of those numbers given to be suspect, I especially find the COVID total suspect. You can take that COVID count and subtract 90% of its total. That’s right – NINTY PECENT. THAT will be the actual count of how many people died from ACTUAL COVID – NOT a pre-existing health condition when they presented w/ at the hospital, (heart attack, diabetes, respiratory failure, etc.). The COVID count was PURPOSELY exaggerated by 90% to keep the numbers up and to keep people in masks and locked down.

    Don’t believe me? Consider the following FACTS:

    FACT: For the past 20 years, the global elites have been responsible for initiating, financing, facilitating, and (then in 2020), PURPOSELY allowing China to release the COVID-19 virus upon the world. They wanted a ‘global reset’.

    FACT: COVID is only 10% as lethal as the common flu and had a recovery rate of 99.4% w/ the use of HQC and Ivermectin. Knowing this, they then DISALLOWED HQC and Ivermectin to be prescribed and/or sold by every doctor, pharmacist, and other authorized medical personnel UNDER PENALTY OF LOSING THEIR LICENCE AND/OR PRISON.

    FACT: They also mandated that EVERY person who died on or after May 21, 2020, be tested for the COVID virus by all hospitals, coroners, and M.E.’s. EVERY – SINGLE – PERSON.

    FACT: They then (literally and ILLEGALLY), changed the definition parameters for ‘Cause of death’.
    Hospitals, coroners, and M.E.’s would then test an expired patient for the virus after failed resuscitation efforts or during an autopsy, and if that test proved positive for the COVID virus, they were again obligated UNDER PENALTY OF LOSING THEIR LICENSE OR PRISON, to list the ‘Cause of death’ as – COVID. It didn’t matter how the person presented themselves at the hospital E.R, (heart attack, respiratory distress, gunshot wound, anaphylactic shock secondary to a bee sting, etc.). It didn’t matter if the person died of diabetes, leukemia, cancer, or any other medical condition. IT JUST DIDN’T MATTER. If the M.E. knew the ‘Cause of death’ was blunt force trauma to the head, secondary to the motorcycle accident – IT DIDN’T MATTER. If the dead person being tested, showed positive for the COVID-19 virus, (asymptomatic or not), the ‘Cause of Death’ was MANDATED, (UNDER PENALTY OF ‘LAW’), to be listed as – ‘COVID-19’.

    Result? HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS of people, (not tens of thousands), world-wide were, (erroneously and ILLEGALLY), deemed to have died from the COVID-19 virus.

    Again, It was all about ‘keeping the numbers up’.

    Therefore: The ENTIRE COVID-19 virus debacle was nothing more than a tool to be used…a purposely designed SCAM/HOAX, initiated and financed by the global elites, and facilitated throughout the entire world by every country’s government, to keep people in masks, social distancing, and locked down – in fear.


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