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U.S. Leading Categories of Diseases/Disorders

  • What are DALYs?
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates below represent broad categories of diseases/disorders and the percentage that each category contributes to total U.S. DALYs.
  • Neuropsychiatric disorders are the leading cause of disability in the U.S., followed by cardiovascular and circulatory diseases and neoplasms.
  • The neuropsychiatric disorders category includes:
    • Mental and behavioral disorders, which account for 13.6 percent of total U.S. DALYs; and,
    • Neurological disorders, which account for 5.1 percent of total U.S. DALYs.

Top 10 Leading Disease/Disorder Categories Contributing to U.S. DALYs (2010)

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US Burden of Disease Collaborators. The state of US health, 1990-2010: burden of diseases, injuries, and risk factors. JAMA, 310(6): 591-608, 2013.