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According to WHO, Here Are The Top 10 Causes Of Death Worldwide

A report by the WHO (World Health Organization), combining figures over several decades, shows the top ten causes of death worldwide.

Content of the report

Infectious diseases are at the top of the ranking. They are responsible for more than 17 million deaths a year worldwide. Among infectious diseases, there are six groups that alone account for about 90% of deaths worldwide.

Then come cancers of all kinds (liver, lungs, stomach, etc.) with 8.8 million deaths.

Then, it is the coronary diseases , that is to say, linked to the arteries that occupy the third place. They most often result from heart attacks. A distinction is made between angina pectoris and myocardial infarction.

Second, it is the stroke that is the fourth leading cause of death in the world. In fifth place, comes the smoking with 6 million deaths per year in the world. Hypercholesterolemia comes in sixth. Hear a very high cholesterol level in the blood.

Then, in seventh position we find the infection of the upper respiratory tract . This group includes pathologies such as bronchiolitis, acute bronchitis, influenza, pneumonia, etc.


In eighth place, there is undernourishment and all diseases linked to malnutrition with 3 million 400 thousand deaths in the world.

Comes in ninth position, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease which is a slow and progressive obstruction of the airways and lungs. To this is added a destruction of the alveolar walls.

Finally, in tenth position comes the sugar and the consequences linked to its overconsumption. Indeed, a study by the Harvard School of Public Health concluded that excess glucose in the blood causes about 3 million deaths a year. 960 000 of these deaths are directly due to diabetes and 2.2 million due to cardiovascular disorders.



  1. Infectious diseases
  2. Cancers
  3. Coronary artery disease
  4. Cerebral vascular accident
  5. Smoking
  6. hypercholesterolemia
  7. Infection of the upper respiratory tract
  8. Undernourishment
  9. chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  10. Sugar

Written by How Africa

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