Killer Diseases: Chronic Lung Diseases and Alzheimer’s

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While AIDS and Cancer do kill, latest discovery puts Chronic Lung Diseases and Alzheimer’s as the number one killers. As Allison Bell at Life Health Pro  writes in her factual post, “the overall death rate due to chronic lung diseases and Alzheimer’s rose drastically in recent times”.

According to her, deaths due to lung disease and Alzheimer’s rose by roughly 8% and 7.5 % respectively. Also, for people 85 years and older, lung disease deaths accounted for 656 deaths out of 100,000 lives and Alzheimer’s deaths accounted for 910 for 100,000 lives.

Dementia, as PubMed Health defines, is the loss of brain’s functions that occurs due to certain factors. Alzheimer’s is one of the forms of Dementia. Older people have a higher tendency to suffer from Alzheimer’s although it’s not a part of aging. Although not proven, older women are more prone to Alzheimer’s than men are. Other reasons could be attributed to high blood pressure for a long time and history of head trauma.

The symptoms of Alzheimer’s would be a drastic change in emotional or personality behavior, loss of memory, inability to use language, and a fundamental affect on thinking, perception and cognitive skills.

The Chronic Lung Disease is characterized by “the obstruction of the flow of air through the air ducts and to the lungs while this obstruction could be permanent or progress over time”, according to Medicine Net .

The Chronic Lung Disease – which could be Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Bronchitis or Emphysema – reports a huge number of deaths. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , in the past year [2010] alone, in the U.S, the number of non-institutionalized adults diagnosed with Chronic Bronchitis was a whopping 9.9 million while emphysema registered 4.3 million patients. The number of deaths due to Chronic and unspecified bronchitis were 667 while emphysema caused 12,790 deaths in the year 2010 alone.

As an aside, the average life expectancy of U.S residents has increased between 2007-08 while the death rate also increased especially among the senior citizens between the ages of 55-75 and older.  After the age of 85, the death rate for men rose at 0.1% while it was an astonishing rise of about 0.7%.



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