The Causes of Human Death

Disease, especially infectious disease is a leading cause of death in developing countries. Heart disease, cancer, and diseases caused by obesity are other leading diseases that cause death.


There are many causes of human death.

The most common ones are death by disease, by suffocation/asphyxiation (which is a prolonged lack of oxygen to one's brain), physical trauma either by accident or through intentional circumstance such as in a homicide, suicide, and the natural process of aging.

Disease, especially infectious disease is a leading cause of death in developing countries. Heart disease, cancer, and diseases caused by obesity are other leading diseases that cause death.

As technology has advanced, death has become more of a condition to be managed than an occurance to be recorded as in days past.

In many cases an autopsy is ordered to determine the cause of death. An autopsy is a postmortem examination by a licensed specialized doctor called a pathologist. the autopsy is also called a postmortem examination.

It is a medical procedure in which an examination of the corpse is conducted to determine or evaluate the state of death. Diseases or injuries that are presented are noted.

They are usually performed for legal or medical reasons and can be ordered by a judge when homicide has been suspected.

Autopsies can be of an external nature or both external and internal. In some cases permission is necessary from next of kin before a internal examination can be performed.

The body is put back together after the autopsy is completed. Autopsy is necessary when there is a question as to medical malpractice so that mistakes can be analyzed and medical practices improved.

In the United States the leading cause of death is heart disease followed in order by cancer, cerebrovascular disease (stroke), chronic lower respiratory disease such as chronic bronchitis and emphysema, unintentional injuries caused by accidents, diabetes, flu and pneumonia, Alzheimer’s disease, kidney disease and systemic infection.

Brain Death

Each system will cease to function. The shutting down process is not treated as a medical emergency by hospital staff but instead the individual is made to be as comfortable as possible while undergoing these physical changes. Brain Death

In young people the leading cause of death is accidents followed by homicide, suicide, cancer and heart disease.

Cancer strikes fear in the minds of most people and includes cancer of the lung, colon, breast, prostate, pancreas, lymphoma, and also leukemia.

The result of medical and technological advances people are living increasing longer lives most into their 70s, 80s and 90s and then succumbing to the aging process with causes of death such as cardiac disease, cancer or degenerative disease.

As a general observation youth is more vulnerable to violent death, middle age succumbs to disease and conditions that affect those who participate in high risk activities and old age is more vulnerable to diseases that are related to the debility expected in the aging body such as accidental falls, chronic disease, dementia and infection.

As a person reaches advanced age the cause of death becomes increasingly due to a combination of things and becomes more difficult to pinpoint the exact cause of death thus autopsy is done less frequently the older a person becomes; unless of course foul play is suspected.

Lifestyle and behavior can greatly contribute to cause of death. Lifestyle activities such as tobacco usage, poor diet and lack of exercise, alcohol consumption, microbial agents, toxic agents, firearms usage or exposure, sexual behavior, motor vehicle accidents and the illicit use of drugs.


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