One Point Eight People Die Every Second Fact
I have some bad news for you. We’re all going to die. In fact one point eight people die every second. The main way of knowing how you’re going to die is based on your age. So here are the statistics of how you’re likely going to die.
Let’s move in reverse and begin with those who are 70 plus years old.
This is the age bracket accounting for nearly half of all deaths worldwide and the leading cause of death in this age group is overwhelmingly heart disease.
If you’re between the ages of 45 to 64 in the US cancer is the leading cause of death in 2016. Globally eight point nine million deaths were attributed to cancers which is five point seven million more than in 1990.
Wait why has cancer increased so much. It’s because as our population grows and lifespans increase so do the cancer rates.
If you die between the age of 25 and 44 the most common cause of death in America is from unintentional poisoning.
This may sound strange but it’s because unintentional poisoning as a term includes deaths related to overdosing on drugs dying due to drug use in the U.S. has tripled since 1999 to 2016 largely due to the opioid crisis.
The data now coming in from 2017 indicates that it is the worst year in U.S. history for overdose fatalities. In fact in 2017 the death toll from drugs is higher than U.S. military casualties in the Vietnam and Iraq War combined.
But this is not the case around the world.
In South Africa the number one killer for this age group is HIV AIDS. And in Brazil it’s homicide between 15 to 24 year olds in the U.S..
The leading cause of death is motor vehicle accident crash risk is particularly high within the first few months of obtaining a license also. Fifty three percent of these fatalities occur on a Friday Saturday or Sunday with male driver death rates being twice as high as their female counterparts.
Teens also have the lowest incidence of wearing a seat belt are more likely to speed and leave a smaller space between drivers for ages 5 to 14.
The leading cause of death is malaria. Malaria is the result of single celled parasitic microorganisms called plasmodium that are transmitted via mosquitoes.
The complexity of the malaria parasite makes developing a vaccine very difficult. But a recent trial is showing promising results.
Five point four million children under the age of five died in 2017. The leading cause of death was a variety of neonatal disorders though tragic. The death rate among children has dropped dramatically in 1991 one in 11 children under five passed away.
But in 2017 the number was one in 26.
So how you will die greatly depends on when you will die. If you make it to old age heart disease will likely do you in.
That being said one hundred years ago influenza was the leading cause of death.
So who knows how we will die in the future but we can do better and science can help by reviewing over 40000 DNA samples voluntarily submitted geneticists have discovered a link between premature births and the genes that process the mineral selenium. The study found that expectant mothers who carry the gene were more likely to give birth early. Fifteen million babies are born premature every year. And understanding what causes prematurity is hugely important. As these babies in the low income countries are at much higher risk of death this issue and potential solution is one of the fascinating and surprising issues. You can read about in Bill and Melinda Gates annual letter at AIDS letter dot com. This year they’re sharing the surprises they’ve encountered in their work including the fact that toilets haven’t changed in a century and that textbooks are becoming obsolete and the surprising reasons these two pieces of information are actually really important.
You’re going to want to learn about how these surprising moments are prodding them to help make the world a better place so go check out Gates letter dot com and subscribe from our weekly science videos. Every Thursday.