Came across this interesting set of charts the other day. It’s a map of death by disease of the most common killer diseases.
TB – AIDS – Diarrhea – Malaria lead the world.
In the US, death causes are:
Cancer (all combined)
Chronic lower respiratory disease
Influenza and pneumonia
So, it appears that we don’t have to worry (too much) about going away due to the simple stuff. However it appears our friends in Islamo-land are having too much of the wrong kind of sex, or eating way too much of the wrong kind of food. Whichever, maybe going in and out the wrong end appears dangerous to me.
*A note from GlobalPost on how these maps are set up: The numbers in black boxes show how many thousands of people died from the dominant infectious disease in that country in 2012. Keep in mind that these are absolute numbers, so they’re not scaled to account for a country’s population. (You can find population numbers here.) They also don’t convey the total number of deaths from all infectious diseases in each country, just the number of deaths from the deadliest disease. You’ll also notice that many countries in the maps are grayed out (like the USA). That indicates the deadliest infectious disease wasn’t among the ones monitored by the WHO.