Death is one of the most intriguing and sometimes mysterious aspects of mortality. People have been dying since, well, forever, and scientists have found some pretty interesting information about the death process. Some are cool, some are thought-provoking, and some are just plain bizarre.
10. How We Die
The leading cause of death around the world is heart disease. In 2015, over eight million people lost their lives due to Ischaemic heart disease, making up about 15 percent of the 56.4 million deaths that occurred that year. Heart disease can take various forms, but ultimately restricts blood flow to the heart and increases the risk of a heart attack. It can be caused by a number of factors, including smoking, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, and even inherited diseases.
The next highest cause of death globally is stroke, followed by lower respiratory infections, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and trachea, bronchus, and lung cancers. The rest of the top ten causes of death include diabetes, Alzheimer’s, diarrheal diseases, tuberculosis, and road injuries. Heart disease and strokes make up 27 percent of all deaths, and over half of all deaths worldwide are due to these top ten causes.