As we all know, death is a part of life that is certain and unavoidable; however, death can be caused by a multitude of reasons. Some of these reasons can be prevented or avoided if known about beforehand, thus prolonging life. Here we are going to discuss the common reasons behind the occurrence of death in women. Take note that instead of simply listing diseases, we will be discussing the underlying causes of death and disease.
Common causes of death in women
- Heart disease
Women, in particular those over 65 years of age, are more likely to die from heart diseases as compared to men, which is quite contrary to popular belief. This is because women do not experience the usual symptoms of heart attack seen in men and thus often fail to seek medical attention in time.
Cancer is the second most common reason for death among women, the top three types of cancers being
- Lung cancer
- Breast cancer
- Colon cancer
Smoking is the primary culprit behind lung cancer and deaths caused by lung cancer. It should be noted, however, that all three of these cancers can be prevented through regular screening and being aware of risks. In fact, the chances of survival are 95% greater if the cancer is detected early.
Women have been found to die from strokes at a higher rate as compared to men, especially in the case of ischemic strokes.
- Chronic lower respiratory diseases
These include diseases such as bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and emphysema. Most of these lung diseases are caused by excessive smoking and, surprisingly, recent statistics reveal more women dying because of these diseases as compared to men.
- Alzheimer’s disease
This disease and its related symptoms are observed only later in life, usually after the age of 60. Alzheimer’s affects one’s thinking ability and skills along with one’s memory.
- Injuries that are unintentional
This refers to accidents and injuries that can lead to the death of the victim. Common accidents that lead to death among women are:
- Burning/burns that result from a fire
- Car crashes
Women, especially older women suffering from osteoporosis, are more prone to falling and thus suffering injuries.
Also, cases of death because of accidental poisoning are on the rise, usually caused due to overdosing on prescribed medications.
Another cause of death—suicide—is an intentional act and thus is not listed among deaths caused by unintentional accidents.
With an increase in the number of obese women, the cases of diabetes have also been on the rise, which leads to further medical illnesses and complications.
Gestational diabetes can even lead to birth defects and miscarriage.
- Pneumonia and influenza
Among those greatly affected by pneumonia and influenza are pregnant women and the elderly population.
Septicemia refers to an infection in the blood. Certain infections can become aggravated, leading to septicemia and death in certain cases.
- Kidney disorders
Diseases related to the kidney are usually caused due to diabetes and its related complications. Kidney diseases that usually lead to death include nephrosis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephritis.
These are the top causes of death among women.