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(photo credit: Uzi Barak )
During the decade between 1999 and 2008, most of the widespread causes of death
among Israelis declined. These includes stroke, which dropped by a third, heart
disease declined 29 percent in men and 23% in women, and lower-respiratory tract
diseases, which were about 30%, were also lower in 2008.
cardiovascular disease killed 18% of those who died in 2008 compared to 22.3% in
1999, cancer was most recently responsible for about one-third of deaths
compared to 23.1% a decade before. This is not surprising, as people in general
live longer, and cancer typically sets in at later ages.
Ministry’s latest report on the leading causes of death in Israel was released
for publication on Wednesday.
Death from complications of diabetes
dropped by 10%, while those from kidney disease were reduced somewhat in recent
years after an increase in the late 1990s. Mortality from influenza and
pneumonia increased by 20% during the decade.
A major hike – 35% in men
and 47% in women – was reported of deaths from Alzheimer’s, which is the most
common form of progressive dementia. Among men, accidents are the third,
diabetes, fourth and stroke the fifth most common cause, while in women,
diabetes is third, cardiovascular diseases, fourth and accidents,
The annual death rate in Israel is lower compared to the average
rate in Europe and the US – 533.4 per 100,000 residents here compared to 642 in
the US, 635 in Belgium and 549 in Norway. Israel’s mortality rate is similar to
Sweden, where it is 533.1. The lowest rate is in Italy, at 511.6.
babies and children up to age four, deaths connected to birth followed by
congenital defects are the most common causes of death, while accidents are the
leading cause of death in boys and young men aged 5 to 24. Cancer is the most
common cause of mortality among girls aged five to 14 and second or third among
Half of the deaths among both men and women aged 25 to 64 were due
to cancer. Heart disease has dropped from being the leading cause in middle aged
men and women, and is now the second most common cause – a fourth of men and
fifth among women.
Between 65 and 74, cancer is the leading cause of
death in both sexes, and it is also the main cause among men over 75, while
heart disease remains first among women of that age group.