How and When We Die - Death Rates from the Major Diseases of Aging

Death rates from the major diseases of aging: The y-axis shows the number of deaths from a particular disease per 100,000 people, and the x-axis indicates the age of death.

Death rates from the major diseases of aging: The y-axis shows the number of deaths from a particular disease per 100,000 people, and the x-axis indicates the age of death.

The five most prevalent cause of death are cancer, heart disease, diabetes, alzheimer's and lung disorders. Society currently funds extensive biomedical research trying to mitigate each of these diseases without much success. Unfortunately, we forget that these diseases have a common cause, and that cause is aging. As we grow older, our bodies accumulate damage that leads to the various diseases of aging.

The graph above clearly highlights the steep increase in mortality from cancer, heart disease, diabetes, alzheimer's and lung disorders as we get older. Therefore, we must preventatively tackle our bodies’ overall decline from aging and not wait to treat one disease at a time.

Avi Roy

Oxford

- PhD student researching Aging, Mitochondria, and Regenerative Medicine - I currently write for The Conversation (http://bit.ly/13WVyUW) and I have written for The Guardian (http://bit.ly/13WVtRh) - Ringleader of the Oxford University Scientific Society - Co-conspirator at the Oxford Transhumanism and Emerging Technologies - Designing exciting events with the British Science Association Oxford - Advisory Board member at Lifeboat Foundation's Life Extension Board, and the Sustainability Board - Also, I am an Ultimate (frisbee) enthusiast - Yes, unfortunately that's me trying to catch the frisbee