Nope, is not sharks as the media might have you believing.
According to the CDC the leading cause of death for Americans still remains heart disease. In 2015, the CDC recorded 614,348 deaths attributed to heart disease, followed by 591,699 cancer deaths.
See full list below:
- Heart disease: 614,348
- Cancer: 591,699
- Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 147,101
- Accidents (unintentional injuries): 136,053
- Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 133,103
- Alzheimer’s disease: 93,541
- Diabetes: 76,488
- Influenza and pneumonia: 55,227
- Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis: 48,146
- Intentional self-harm (suicide): 42,773
The good news is that heart disease deaths have actually decreased over the years due to improvements in health care, medicine and preventive health. The bad news is many of these deaths can be prevented with lifestyle related changes.
The following info-graphic shows you more on how we die.