Top 10 Causes of Death in the Philippines

4. Diabetes Mellitus

Another lifestyle disease that causes major deaths in the Philippines is Diabetes Mellitus. It is a condition where there is too much glucose in the blood, and not enough insulin to balance it out. Some symptoms of diabetes are weight loss, pain and numbness, thirstiness, extreme fatigue and others. This blood disease has two types – A and B which is differentiated by the presence of insulin in the blood. Type A is having no insulin at all, while B is about having insufficient insulin in the blood which acts out on the glucose. According to the World Life Expectancy, diabetes mellitus accounts for the 6.46% deaths in the Philippines or about 33,656 deaths. Although this disease is very curable, statistics concerning this is still rising up. This reflects the attitude Filipinos have for sweet food.

5. Tuberculosis

The fifth leading cause of death in the Philippines, is yet another respiratory disease, tuberculosis. It is a condition where a bacteria called Mycobacterium tuberculosis infects the lungs. It is a very contagious disease because it can be passed around even through a sneeze or a drop of saliva. Some of the major symptoms of this disease are severe cough that lasts for at least 3 weeks, loss of appetite, weight loss, night sweats and others. According to World Life Expectancy, it accounts for 26,189 Filipino deaths or 5.02% of total deaths in the Philippines. Like Diabetes, it is also now curable, but prevalence is still rising. According to Department of Health, 73 Filipinos die every day because of TB and there are 200,000 to 600,000 Filipinos who have active TB. Because it is a very communicable disease, these numbers are expected to go up if not treated immediately.

6. Hypertension

Hypertension or having high blood pressure is a condition where a person has above normal blood pressure which disrupts blood vessels and cause other health problems. This happens when you a get a reading higher than 140 over 90 mmHg. Based on many health studies, hypertension is most common to older people, but nowadays since lifestyles have dramatically changed over time, younger people can also suffer from this. According to World Life Expectancy, hypertension accounts for 20,986 Filipino deaths each year or about 4.03 percent of the total death rate in the Philippines.

7. Lung Disease

The 7th leading cause of death in the Philippines are the lung diseases. These diseases include that of asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Bronchitis, Lung Cancer, and a lot more. What’s common about all these diseases is that they cause extreme difficulty in breathing. The reason why they are categorized into one name, ‘lung disease’ is because they can co-occur with one another making the individual more vulnerable to die anytime soon. There are many cure and treatments out in the public, but the persistence of these diseases is still on the rise. As of 2014, it accounts for about 3.15% of deaths in the Philippines or a total of 16,407 deaths a year.

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