We all know the keys to live a long life.

Eat healthy is the number one thing you can do for your body, along with staying active enough. That doesn't mean you have to be a devoted runner or a professional athlete, but to stay active enough to work all your joints and muscles, which in turn helps your organs, like your heart and lungs.

Unfortunately, some things are out of people's control. Genetics and age contribute to death in the United States and for some people, there is nothing they can do about that.

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Here in New York state, there are five things that lead to more deaths than any other reason: none are a big surprise, but what's number one should be encouragement for people to choose to live a healthy lifestyle.

According to data from the CDC, these are the five leading causes of death in New York.

  1. Heart Disease
  2. Cancer
  3. COVID-19
  4. Accidents
  5. Stroke

The data is from 2021, which explains the high rate of COVID-19 deaths, which were still a huge concern for the state and country.

Cancer continues to be a concern for the state, as the second-leading reason for death in New York.

Heart disease is number one, however, which is scary to think about because despite its number one placement for leading causes of death in New York...the state is behind many other states for age-adjusted death rates.

Oklahoma led the way in 2021, which was still 100.0 behind New York.

Stroke being number five is also indicative of overall health and reinforces that diet and lifestyle play a role in a person's lifespan.

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