Considering the time of year, this is a pretty grim subject, but do you ever wonder at what age will you die?

North Dakota comes in at number 16 on 24/7 Wall St.'s life expectancy list. With an average lifespan of 79.7 years, North Dakotans have a slightly longer lifespan than the rest of the nation - which is reportedly 79.2 years. Do you know what the number one cause of death is in North Dakota? 

What is the leading cause of death in North Dakota?

According to 2017 information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the leading cause of death in North Dakota is heart disease. If you know some of the main causes of heart disease, you can see why it is the leading cause of death in North Dakota. The CDC reports that ailments like high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, and smoking huge factors that lead to heart disease. But there are also other factors that can contribute to it as well.

What are some factors that cause heart disease?

The CDC also states that things like being overweight, physical inactivity, and excessive alcohol use also can lead to heart disease. When you read that those things all put people at risk of heart disease, you can understand why heart disease is the number one killer in North Dakota. Why? Because terrible food is cheap and more accessible than healthy food, we do not do a lot of moving in the frigid winter months, and we like our booze a little too much in this state.

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