There are many different causes of death that warrant creating a Last Will, but here are the top 10 causes of death ranked by the World Health Organization (WHO):
1. Heart disease
Heart disease is a general term used to describe any condition that affects the heart. It can be caused by a number of factors, including genetics, lifestyle choices, and underlying health conditions. Heart disease is a leading cause of death in the United States
A stroke is a medical emergency that occurs when the blood supply to the brain is interrupted, depriving the brain of oxygen. Strokes can cause paralysis, vision problems, and even death.
3. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a type of obstructive lung disease characterized by long-term breathing problems and poor airflow. The main symptoms include shortness of breath, wheezing, and coughing. COPD is a progressive disease, meaning it typically worsens over time.
4. Lower respiratory infections
Lower respiratory infections (LRI) are a type of infection that occur in the lower respiratory tract, which includes the lungs. These infections can be caused by a variety of bacteria, viruses, and other organisms.
5. Neonatal conditions
A neonatal condition is a condition that is present at birth. Neonatal conditions can be caused by genetic factors, prenatal exposure to certain infections or toxins, or abnormalities in the structure of the fetus. Some neonatal conditions are life-threatening, while others may only cause minor health problems.
6. Trachea, bronchus and lung cancers
Cancer of the trachea, bronchus or lung can develop in anyone, but it is most common in people who smoke tobacco. Tobacco smoking is by far the most important risk factor for these cancers. Other risk factors include exposure to second-hand smoke, air pollution and radiation.
7. Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, accounting for 60 to 80 percent of all cases. Dementia is a general term for memory loss and other cognitive difficulties. Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive disorder that causes brain cells to waste away (degenerate) and die.
8. Diarrhoeal diseases
Diarrhoeal diseases (also known as enteric diseases) are illnesses that are caused by infection of the gastrointestinal tract with bacteria, viruses, protozoa or parasites. The most common symptom is watery diarrhoea, which can lead to severe dehydration and death if left untreated.
Diabetes is a chronic, incurable disease characterized by high levels of sugar in the blood. It can be caused by too much sugar in the diet, obesity, family history, and other factors. Symptoms include increased thirst, frequent urination, weight loss, fatigue, and blurred vision. Diabetes can lead to complications such as heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and blindness.
10. Kidney disease
Kidney disease occurs when your kidneys are damaged and can’t filter blood the way they should. Kidney disease is usually a result of another disease or condition, such as diabetes or high blood pressure. There are two main types of kidney disease: acute and chronic. Acute kidney disease occurs suddenly and can often be reversed. Chronic kidney disease develops slowly over time and can’t be cured. If kidney disease is not treated, it can lead to kidney failure.
Death is a difficult topic to think about, let alone plan for. However, according to research, approximately 54% of Americans don't have a Will. This means that when they die, their families are left to figure out what to do with their belongings and how to distribute them. While it is not required by law, creating a Last Will and Testament can help to ensure that your final wishes are carried out and that your loved ones are taken care of after you're gone.