The Diseases That Are Increasingly Killing Americans: Brainstorm Health

August 28, 2019, 12:03 AM UTC

Good afternoon, readers.

A new study in the journal JAMA helps break out exactly what is, and isn’t, killing Americans.

Heart disease is far and away the number one killer in this country (some 1 in 4 deaths are associated with it). But cancer, lung diseases, and metabolic disorders such as diabetes aren’t far behind.

Here is the good news-bad news situation, according to the report: “While cardiovascular disease (CVD) death rates declined by approximately 36% from 2000 to 2014, CVD remains the leading cause of mortality among US adults. Annual declines in CVD mortality slowed between 2011 and 2014 (0.7% fewer CVD deaths per year), and it appears unlikely that strategic goals from the American Heart Association (20% reduction by 2020) will be achieved.”

Put into simpler terms, diabetes and high blood pressure are still killing millions of people. And communities of color continue to be disproportionately affected by this reality.

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Sy Mukherjee, @the_sy_guy,


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