What are the main reasons for death in the Netherlands?

With a population of almost 17 million inhabitants (16,750,000), it is logical that many people will die across all inhabitants. On average, men live to be 79 years old and women to 83 years old (CBS: 2014). Of course there are many exceptions to this. Illnesses, conditions or accidents can cause us to die sooner than we would like. The average age continues to rise as care continues to improve. However, dying is an inevitable phenomenon. How many people die per year and what are the reasons for death?

Main reasons for death

  • Statistics of our country and reasons of death
  • All causes of death by age groups
  • Cancer
  • Heart and vascular disease
  • Respiratory tract diseases
  • Suicides versus midlife crisis
  • Other reasons for death

Deaths, CBS: 2014 / Source: Http://geinformeerd.infoteur.nl

Statistics of our country and reasons of death

Our lifestyle largely influences our health and therefore also how long our life expectancy is. It is logical that a person who smokes is more likely to suffer from certain types of cancer or breathing problems. In addition, fatter people also suffer more from cardiovascular disease. Statistics Netherlands keeps track of all data in the country, so that a clear overview can be obtained of how many people died from what and in what age category (CBS data 2014). Of course, cancer and cardiovascular disease score high. Together these are the most important causes of death, 61% for men and 55% for women, followed by respiratory diseases. Some of the causes of death can be attributed to our behavior, but also to genetic abnormalities. The graph shows the most causes of death with the most important reasons first. In percentages it translates to the following data:

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Deaths by age, CBS: 2014 / Source: Http://geinformeerd.infoteur.nl

All causes of death by age groups

Even though we have an average high age of death, this is not for everyone. In order to reach an old age, we have to avoid many dangers and that may mean that people will unexpectedly die before that age. Even after birth, the baby cannot survive due to abnormalities. When looking at the graph, it is striking that until the age of 40, very few people actually die. Growth only starts from the age of 45 . In other words, regardless of the lifestyle, one can usually live without problems until this age. This is also explained by the increasing acid content after the age of 40 due to sodium bicarbonate deficiencies, which causes physical problems and diseases to arise.

Cancer by age, CBS: 2014 / Source: Http://geinformeerd.infoteur.nl


The main reason we die is malignant. Due to unusual divisions in the body, normal cells are attacked and destroyed, while healthy tissue is rapidly displaced. It is necessary to recognize it quickly so that it can be removed and/or administered with chemotherapy, radiation and stem cell transplantation. Despite the fact that treatment methods are continuously improving, cancer is still a very serious disease for many. It is assumed that by 2030 cancer can be cured, so that there will be no more deaths. Until then, it will cause a significant proportion of deaths in our country. It is striking that it only becomes visible on the graph from the age of 35, so it can be roughly stated that one has virtually no chance of succumbing to it before that age (with some exceptions). A second point of attention is that from the age of 60 the proportion of men increases sharply compared to the trend of female deaths.

Cardiovascular disease by age, CBS: 2014 / Source: Http://geinformeerd.infoteur.nl

Heart and vascular disease

Because many are overweight, the risk of developing cardiovascular disease increases. Here too, the counter apparently starts at 35 years according to the graph. The number of deaths per age category increases steadily until it peaks significantly after 80 years. This in itself makes sense since the heart has a greater chance of failure after working for so long. In addition, the strength of the vessels decreases, causing cracks to develop more quickly. Furthermore, the risk of blood clots increases because we are too fat. For example, myocardial infarction, stroke or pulmonary embolism can often occur.

Respiratory tract diseases, CBS: 2014 / Source: Http://geinformeerd.infoteur.nl

Respiratory tract diseases

A third major cause of death is respiratory problems. Consider pneumonia or COPD, which affects a large group of lung patients. On average, it causes 10% of all deaths in the country. If you have pneumonia, you should always respond appropriately by visiting the doctor. Have it completely treated so that it recovers properly. The lungs are very sensitive to conditions and diseases, which therefore require a lot of attention.

Suicides by age, CBS: 2014 / Source: Http://geinformeerd.infoteur.nl

Suicides versus midlife crisis

As one gets older, the uncertainty in life increases. People no longer know how to find a way out of certain problems or simply don’t like life anymore. As people reach their twenties, people’s insecurity increases, causing them to take this step themselves. It peaks at the age of fifty, as after that one has learned enough from their own life lessons. The number of suicides is therefore decreasing. It is striking that there is a huge peak in men between the ages of 40 and 65. This is due to the midlife crisis, which causes psychological problems and leads to manic depression with far-reaching consequences.

Other reasons for death

Three additional graphs are shown below regarding psychological problems, external reasons and death after accidents. It is striking that psychological problems mainly occur at an older age. In addition, external reasons such as accidents occur across all age categories, with the less alert elderly also dying more often.

Mental problems by age, CBS: 2014 / Source: Http://geinformeerd.infoteur.nl

External reasons by age, CBS: 2014 / Source: Http://geinformeerd.infoteur.nl

Death after accidents by age, CBS: 2014 / Source: Http://geinformeerd.infoteur.nl

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