Preventing death is impossible, but we can do things that help us to live a longer healthier life. According to recent studies and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) the top  leading causes of death have changed throughout recent years due to medical advancement or discovery. Below are the top 5 leading causes of death in the United states.

1. Alzheimer’s Disease: With Alzheimer’s disease there is little to prevent the disease from happening. You can make sure that you are staying physically and mentally active. At 80 years old your cognitive decline increases at a higher risk. By staying active you are helping your body stay more alert and  aware of your surroundings and situations.

2. Cerebrovascular Disease: The most important ways that we can prevent strokes from happening is being aware of the signs that our bodies are giving us. “FAST” is a great way to remember the signs of a stroke.

“F”- Face starts to droop. Face can feel numb and if you smile it would be uneven.

“A”- Arms that are weak. Have someone raise both arms and if one side is numb or weaker than the other  or falling downwards this is a possible sign.

“S”-Speech difficulty. If someone is having a hard time speaking or slurring their words.

“T”-Times up! It’s time to call 9-1-1. If someone you know is experiencing any of these symptoms you need to call 911 and get help fast.

3. Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease: COPD is often related to second hand smoking. Where a person may be in the environment of constant smoke exposure. This causes damage to the lungs and can cause some people to have trouble breathing as well as respiratory issues. This can be deadly if goes unnoticed.

4. Cancer: Cancer has many different forms and strands that are significantly increasing in the United States. Treatments and cures for cancer are so widespread that it makes it difficult to often prevent. Because of a doctor being able to diagnosis the type of cancer now that helps as far as living longer and using treatments. But these treatments are usually not successful for long term.

5. Heart Disease: Heart Disease is at the top of leading causes of death in the United States. The CDC reported that 80% of heart related deaths are due to lifestyles. This means that eating healthy, staying active, and taking care of your health overall reduces your chances of having heart related issues. Taking care of your blood pressure will help reduce any chances of having a stroke or heart attack.