We all want to live a long and happy life am I right?

We just started the 2024 chapter of our life. I don't know about you, but I'm definitely not ready to cut this book short.

While there are many things we can't avoid in this life, fortunately, there are many that we can.

With that being said, we did some research to find the top causes of death in Minnesota.

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According to information gathered by the CDC, the 10th leading cause of death in the state of Minnesota is Chronic Liver Disease/Cirrhosis. In the year 2021 the state of Minnesota had 885 deaths due to chronic liver disease/Cirrhosis.

According to Mayo Clinic, Cirrhosis is severe scarring of the liver. This serious condition can be caused by many forms of liver diseases and conditions, such as hepatitis or chronic alcoholism.

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More than 900 people died of Hypertension in 2021. According to World Health Organization, lifestyle changes like eating a healthier diet, quitting tobacco and being more active can help lower blood pressure. Some people may still need to take medicines.

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According to the CDC, 1575 people died of diabetes in 2021.

According to Mayo Clinic, Type 1 diabetes can't be prevented. But the healthy lifestyle choices that help treat prediabetes, type 2 diabetes and gestational diabetes can also help prevent them

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Coming in at number 7 is Chronic Lower Respiratory Diseases. Nearly 2100 people in Minnesota died from this in 2021. It's typically caused by long-term exposure to irritating gases or particulate matter, most often from cigarette smoke - Mayo Clinic. 

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According to the Alzheimer's Association, worldwide, 55 million people are living with Alzheimer's and other dementias. In Minnesota, 2251 people passed due to Alzheimer's in 2021.

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Coming in at number 5 is a stroke with nearly 2,500 deaths due to a stroke in MN in the year 2021.

Many factors can increase the risk of stroke. Potentially treatable stroke risk factors include: being overweight or obese, physical inactivity, heavy or binge drinking, and use of illegal drugs. This according to Mayo Clinic.

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According to the CDC, more than 3700 people lost their lives in Minnesota in 2021 due to an accident.

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According to the CDC's latest report from 2021, nearly 4500 Minnesotans died from COVID-19.

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Coming in at number two for top causes of death in Minnesota is heart disease. More than 8500 people died of heart disease in 2021, according to the CDC data.

While not all preventable, Mayo Clinic does say that many forms of heart disease can be prevented or treated with healthy lifestyle choices.

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Sadly, more than 10,000 people in MN lost their battle to cancer in 2021, according to the CDC, making it the number one cause of death.

The American Cancer Society says you can help reduce your risk of cancer by making healthy choices like eating right, staying active, and not smoking. It's also important to follow recommended screening guidelines, which can help detect certain cancers early

For more information, click here to go to the CDC website. 

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