It’s a somber thought, but we’re all going to die at some point. However, our fears about how we’ll die don’t always line up with the reality most of us face. This video breaks down the real most common causes of death.
If you live in a Western nation, your two most likely causes of death are the common (though still awful) heart disease or cancer. This is a relatively new trend. As the video from Asap Science states, just 100 years ago, the two most common killers were tuberculosis and influenza.
Even among the less common causes of death, you’ll probably find some surprises. Alcoholism kills 80 times as many people as terrorist attacks in the U.S., and despite what you hear in presidential debates, the overwhelming majority of domestic terrorist attacks in the West are not of Islamic origin. A few of the stats in the video are U.S.-focused, but there are a lot of global facts mixed in.
It’s normal to be afraid of how and when you’re going to die, but hopefully this video sheds some light on your risk factors. If you want to live a long and healthy life, you probably don’t have to avoid shark-infested waters or worry about terrorists. Just try to keep your cholesterol low. It won’t make you immortal, but it can help.
How Will You Die? [Asap SCIENCE]