Premature Mortality Due to Some of the Strange and Not So Strange Causes

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At the end of life comes death and sometimes earlier than expected from mostly normal causes due to old age, health and disease but then there are those who die from strange and not so strange unheard of causes.


From heart disease to cancer or just old age people face death and their cause of death does not seem out of the ordinary. There are some strange ways people die and not so strange but unheard of, from the not strange causes such as roller coasters or dog bites to the strange causes like falling out of bed and molasses. You just can’t make this stuff up. Here is some the strange ways to die that when you think about it may not be that strange after all.

Erectile Dysfunction

We have all heard those bad Viagra jokes but erectile dysfunction is not laughing no matter especially since 70 percent of men are likely to die prematurely. Researchers from the University of Mississippi found that ED is an important indicator of cardiovascular risk. In order to define the association between ED and mortality risk data was evaluated from 1,790 men aged 20 to 85 years with an average age of 45 years from the population-based 2003-2004 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) was linked to death certificates from the National Death Index for mortality assessment. At the seven year follow-up 557 men reported having ED. The findings revealed those with ED had a 70 percent increased risk of premature all-cause mortality. The researcher concluded ED is linked with premature mortality risk and is a strong indicator for it. (Journal of Sexual Medicine. 2015 Nov;12(11):2130-3. doi: 10.1111/jsm.13032. Epub 2015 Nov 12.)

Dental Plaque

Brush our teeth gives us that fresh clean smile but that toothbrush not only provides us with good dental hygiene but could prolong our lives. Plaque that soft buildup on our teeth that contains millions of bacteria that is responsible for tooth decay and gum disease can also lead to premature death from cancer. To find out if the amount of plaque is linked to premature death from cancer Swedish researchers at random selected 1390 adults and followed them from 1985 to 2009. All participants had an oral examination to note gum disease, plaque amount, tartar and any tooth loss. They also answered questions to other factors like smoking and socioeconomic status. During the study 58 participants had died with 35 deaths being due to cancer. Those who deaths were due from cancer had a plaque index of 0.84 to 0.91 which indicates significant amounts of plaque. Dental plaque was linked to 79 percent increased risk of premature death from cancer. (Söder B, Yakob M, Meurman JH, et al The association of dental plaque with cancer mortality in Sweden. A longitudinal study BMJ Open 2012;2:e001083. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2012-001083)

Ovary Removal

University of Warwick has found an association between removal of both ovaries during a hysterectomy and increase in heart disease, cancer and premature death. The researchers looked at 113,679 cases of women aged 35-45 during the period April 2004 to March 2014. A third of the patients studied had both ovaries removed. The team found women who had one or no ovaries removed were less likely to develop heart disease or cancer compared to women who had both ovaries removed after hysterectomy. The researchers also found that fewer women who retained one or both ovaries compared to those who had both removed died within the duration of the study -- 0.6% compared to 1.01%. Even though removing both ovaries protects against developing ovarian cancer later on the team believe postmenopausal women should told that even though there is a benefit it does not come without a cost for increased heart disease, breast and ovarian cancer and higher overall premature death. (BMJ 2017;356:j372)

Oily Fish

We all heard that food like oily fish can raise our good cholesterol and reduce the risk for heart disease and stroke but a study published just last year showed both LDL (bad) and HDL (good) cholesterol just may increase the risk of premature death. Professor Ziyad Al-Aly, of the University of Washington admits the new findings of this study are surprising. HDL is known to remove plaque from plaque from the arteries caused by LDL. Researchers examined kidney function and HDL levels in in more than 1.7 million male veterans from October 2003 through September 2004. Researchers then followed participants until September 2013. Patients with kidney disease often have lower levels of HDL. In the study researcher showed both HDL and LDL were linked with an increased risk of premature death. (High Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol and the Risk of All-cause Mortality among U.S. Veterans. Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, 2016 DOI: 10.2215/CJN.00730116)

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Being eligible for food stamps may have a higher risk of premature death. Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, dean of Tufts University's School of Nutrition Science and Policy in Boston and colleagues in a study examined information from 2000 to 2011 on almost 500,000 adults 25 years and older who Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) referred to as food stamps. The researchers found at follow-up maximum 11.9 years 39 293 deaths occurred, including 7408 heart disease, 2185 stroke, and 1376 diabetes deaths. Individuals participating in SNAP showed higher total and cardiovascular disease mortality. (American Journal of Public Health: March 2017, Vol. 107, No. 3, pp. 466-474. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2016.303608)

Loss of Smell

Poor smell is linked to an increased risk of premature death among adults aged 40 to 90 years that were followed for ten years. The study included a population-based sample of 1,774 adults without dementia. At the ten year follow-up 411 of 1774 participants (23%) died after researchers controlled for demographics, several social, cognitive, and medical risk factors and rate of dementia. Researchers found poor identification and sense of smell were linked to an eight percent increased risk of premature death. (Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, March 2017 DOI: 10.1111/jgs.14770)

Early Retirement

Retirement is spouse to be a time relaxation and doing all those things that had to be put off because of work but if you retire too early you have a chance of premature death. A study looked at Shell Oil employees and found those who retire at 55 and live to at least 65 die earlier than those who retire at 65. That early retirement means a 37 percent higher risk of premature death. And those early retirees are also 89 percent more likely to face death in ten years after retiring. (WebMD)


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