The Centres for Disease Control in the US has just released figures for to 10 leading causes of death which reveal the changing nature of America’s demographics.
The tables compare causes of death in 1980 and 2016.
Alzheimer’s – which does not figure in the 1980 table – is in as number 6 in that of 2016.
Diabetes mellitus is number 7 in both dates, but the incidence of diabetes-death has more than doubled in the 36 years, to total more than 80,000.
Suicide is number 10 in both 1980 and 2016, but again the incidence is much higher in 2016 – a total of 44,965 people, which is more than 67% higher than in 1980.