From heart attacks to car crashes and diabetes, sleep deprivation is actually much more dangerous than some may think. Aside from the side effects of not getting enough sleep, a University of Chicago study proved that after a certain number of sleepless days, the test subjects (lab rats) died.
Most people are aware of the common diseases and conditions that can kill – things like Ebola, various cancers, and so on. But what we don’t normally consider are those conditions that seem harmless but can actually be rather deadly.
As it turns out, there are a lot of things that cause deaths all around the world, that for the most part we see as common ailments. Some of these conditions simply require early detection, for others it is much more difficult to determine whether they will be more or less aggressive from the start. Find out below, if you’re just paranoid or if there’s some truth to that cough leading to your demise.
2. Ear Infections
Everyone gets ear aches at one point or another, right? Get it checked out ASAP! Apparently, there is a certain rare ear infection called necrotizing (malignant) external otitis that can cause intracranial complications leading to death.
3. Sinus Infection
Frontal or sphenoid sinusitis can result in a brain infection spread by anaerobic bacteria which can be very deadly.
Believe it or not, this painful condition actually causes an average of 28 deaths in the U.S. every year.
Not drinking enough water can lead to many health complications. In cases of severe dehydration, death may occur.
In Japan, being overworked is so common that there’s a term for death from overwork, karoshi. But it’s not just prevalent in Japan – China has a problem, too. According to China Youth Daily, 600,000 people die each year from working too much.
Diarrhea is a huge cause of death all around the world. In 2002, 1,500 Americans died of this intestinal condition, and millions of people worldwide fell victim as well.
8. The Flu
You may not think the flu is all that scary, but in reality it’s quite a deadly disease. In the U.S. alone, it causes an average of 36,000 deaths per year.
A whooping cough, or pertussis, starts off as a mild cough, but then develops into something much more dangerou, causing the deaths of an estimated 295,000 people per year worldwide.
Thankfully, some of these are definitely more preventable and avoidable than others. And we shouldn’t all constantly assume that any illness is a worst case scenario, but it never hurts to be safe and double-check. Remember, the doctor knows best.