IHME visualizations allow easy comparison between patterns of disease, injury and death over periods of time. At left, a stream graph depicts the shifting probability that a 15-year-old male in the United States will die before reaching the age of 60, broken down by cause. According to the institute’s research, the probability of adult men dying early from traffic accidents or cerebrovascular disease more than halved between 1970 and 2006, while death by suicide held relatively steady through the years.
Newly published data point to seven causes that accounted for more than 40 percent of years of life lost to premature death in the United States in 2010. Ischemic heart disease tops the list, followed, in order, by trachea, bronchus and lung cancers; stroke; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; road injuries; suicide; and diabetes. Rising fast were kidney and other urinary organ cancers as well as Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. A deep dive into the numbers reveals the U.S. lagging behind other wealthy and even middle-income nations in wide-ranging aspects of health, from preterm birth and maternal mortality rates to life expectancy.
Check out this interactive version of the visualization to find out more about cause of death trends for the United States and Australia, 1970-2006.