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Leading Causes of Death for 62-Year-Olds

As we age, our bodies become more susceptible to various health conditions and diseases that can eventually lead to death. At the age of 62, individuals may experience some declines in their physical abilities and may be facing medical challenges that come with age, making them more at risk for certain health issues. Understanding the leading causes of death for 62-year-olds can help individuals take the necessary measures to minimize their risk and live longer, healthier lives. In this article, we will explore the top causes of death for 62-year-olds and provide helpful tips on how to reduce the risk of these conditions.

(Note: See here for 61-year-old causes of death or here for the most common causes of death for 63-year-olds.)

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Leading Causes of Death for 62-Year-Olds (2021 CDC Data)

Cause of DeathTotal Deaths
Heart Disease13,592
Cancer13,351
COVID-198,491
Accidents (Incl. Overdoses)3,165
Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease2,390
Diabetes2,198
Liver Disease (incl. Cirrhosis)1,779
Septicemia787
Kidney Disease738
Suicide677
Flu (Non-COVID)576
Pneumonitis Due To Solids & Liquids233
Alzheimer's Disease186
Homicide173
Viral Hepatitis170
Parkinson's Disease142
Nutritional Deficiency137
Congenital Malformations129
HIV127
Peptic Ulcer79
Anemias70
Gallbladder Disorder29
Enterocolitis28

According to the 2021 CDC data, heart disease and cancer top the list of leading causes of death for 62-year-olds, both responsible for over 13,000 deaths. It is not surprising that COVID-19 is also a leading cause of death in this age group, causing more than 8,000 deaths. Accidents, including overdoses, come in fourth place, responsible for over 3,000 deaths.

Chronic lower respiratory disease and diabetes, two chronic health conditions, also feature on the list, along with liver disease, septicemia, and kidney disease. Suicide is the only mental health disorder listed among the leading causes of death.

It is significant to note that some medical conditions that are often associated with aging, such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, nutritional deficiencies, and congenital malformations are also listed among the causes of mortality for 62-year-olds.

Overall, this data highlights the importance of preventive measures and timely interventions for chronic health conditions among the aging population. It also points to the need for strategies to address the diverse range of factors leading to mortality in this age group, including accidents, mental health disorders, and infectious diseases like COVID-19.

Top Causes of Death for Age 62 Men

Cause of DeathTotal Deaths
Heart Disease9,107
Cancer7,244
COVID-195,096
Accidents (Incl. Overdoses)2,275
Diabetes1,377
Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease1,213
Liver Disease (incl. Cirrhosis)1,159
Suicide536
Kidney Disease440
Septicemia412
Flu (Non-COVID)344
Pneumonitis Due To Solids & Liquids146
Homicide134
Viral Hepatitis111
HIV100
Parkinson's Disease93
Nutritional Deficiency90
Alzheimer's Disease88
Congenital Malformations76
Peptic Ulcer49
Anemias33
Gallbladder Disorder29

The data on the leading causes of death for 62-year-old men in 2021 shows some differences compared to the general data. Heart disease is still the top cause of death, accounting for over 9,000 deaths in this group, followed by cancer with over 7,000 deaths. COVID-19 is the third leading cause of death, responsible for over 5,000 deaths among 62-year-old men.

In addition to the leading causes of death in the general population, type 2 diabetes and chronic lower respiratory disease are also leading causes of death for 62-year-old men, with over 1,000 deaths each. Liver disease and suicide also feature on the list, while accidents, including overdoses, are responsible for over 2,000 deaths in this age group.

As for chronic conditions, kidney disease, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and nutritional deficiencies are also leading causes of death among 62-year-old men. Interestingly, congenital malformations, which are often associated with birth defects, are also responsible for over 70 deaths in this group.

The data suggests that heart disease and cancer remain the two leading causes of mortality for 62-year-old men, with COVID-19 emerging as a prominent cause of death as well. The data highlights the need for strategies to address chronic diseases and public health interventions to manage the effects of COVID-19.

Common Causes of Death for 62-Year-Old Women

Cause of DeathTotal Deaths
Cancer6,107
Heart Disease4,485
COVID-193,395
Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease1,177
Accidents (Incl. Overdoses)890
Diabetes821
Liver Disease (incl. Cirrhosis)620
Septicemia375
Kidney Disease298
Flu (Non-COVID)232
Suicide141
Alzheimer's Disease98
Pneumonitis Due To Solids & Liquids87
Viral Hepatitis59
Congenital Malformations53
Parkinson's Disease49
Nutritional Deficiency47
Homicide39
Anemias37
Peptic Ulcer30
Enterocolitis28
HIV27

Looking at the data for 62-year-old women, cancer tops the list of leading causes of death, responsible for over 6,000 deaths, followed by heart disease with more than 4,000 deaths. COVID-19 is also among the leading causes of mortality, causing over 3,000 deaths in this group.

Chronic lower respiratory disease, accidents, including overdoses, and diabetes are also among the main causes of death. Liver disease, septicemia, kidney disease, flu (non-COVID), and suicide are among the other top causes of mortality for women in this age group.

It’s notable that Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and congenital malformations, which are often associated with aging, are not among the leading causes of death for women in this age group. However, women are more likely to die from anemia and nutritional deficiency than men. Homicide and HIV are among the least common causes of mortality for women in this age group.

In summary, cancer, heart disease, and COVID-19 are the primary leading causes of death for 62-year-old women, followed by chronic lower respiratory disease, accidents (including overdoses), and diabetes.

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