Top Ten causes of death in Mexico

Several times, some people have asked me what causes death to mexicans.

On the last mortality statistics (2004) of general population, the main causes of death were [independently of sex]:

  1. Heart disease – 16.4%
  2. Complications of Diabetes Mellitus – 13.1%
  3. Cancer – 12.9%
  4. Traumatic injuries – 7.4%
  5. Liver disease (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) – 6.2%
  6. Stroke – 5.7%
  7. Perinatal complications – 3.5%
  8. COPD – 3.0%
  9. Pneumonia & influenza – 2.6%
  10. Kidney failure – 2.0%



9 thoughts on “Top Ten causes of death in Mexico”

  1. Hello 🙂
    Doing research for a paper. I followed the reference link and found it to be ever so helpful. I was however wondering why you left “agresiones” off the top 10 list?

  2. Another piece of information:
    Deaths so far by the pig flu(in México): 20
    Confirmed cases so far-by analyses at CDC Atlanta- less than 400
    It is really incredible how irresponsible and paranoid the media and governments are, and it is afecting the income of millions; for example, how is a waiter that depends mostly on tips going to meke money to feed his/her family?

  3. Hope this helps:
    Population 123,300,000
    Crude Death Rate. 13 per 1000 people. 1,602,900
    1. Heart disease – 16.4% 262,876
    2. Complications of Diabetes Mellitus – 13.1% 209,980
    3. Cancer – 12.9% 206,774
    4. Traumatic injuries – 7.4% 118,615
    5. Liver disease (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) – 6.2% 99,380
    6. Stroke – 5.7% 91,365
    7. Perinatal complications – 3.5% 56,102
    8. COPD – 3.0% 48,087
    9. Pneumonia & influenza – 2.6% 41,675
    10. Kidney failure – 2.0% 32,058

  4. Good post these are really interesting statistics, and useful to me

    I have a two followup questions:

    1. Do you know how many people died in mexico last year overall? This would help put the numbers in perspective. I know that the population of Mexico is approximately 110,000,0000 and I am trying to figure out roughly how many people die of heart disease and some of these other major causes. If you even had rough approximate statistics I would love that.

    2. I want these statistics because a friend of mine is considering not visiting Guadalajara because of the Pig Flu and I want to show them with statistics misplaced that fear is. Do you have any suggestions on how I should do that?

    Thanks for a great post.

  5. Hello Lex, thank you for your kind comment.

    I just obtained this data from the Statistics, Geography and Informatics National Institute (INEGI) here in Mexico.

    I didn’t collected the data, just read it in the INEGI site

  6. Hi I’m curious on how you collected the data to obtain the percentage? Did you send a survey to the health centers?

    I am interested in obtaining the top 10, but for the country Philippines.


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