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Causes of death across South Korea are changing because of Population Increase, Life Expectancy rise and Living Standard.On this below article we provide graphical representation of major causes of death in South Korea.

Highlights of South Korea BMI and Diet Compositions

Comprehensive data on food supply and consumption is published by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Data was analyzed by The Global Graph and is published in these below Highlights, Graphs and Tables (Data Quality & definitions)

  • As per United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), average person in South Korea gets their caloric supply from :
    • Carbohydrates : 94.74%94.74%
    • Fat : 43.01%43.01%
    • Plant protein : 9.35%9.35%
    • Animal protein : 8.62%8.62%
  • 55.72% increase in caloric supply : Currently South Korea gets 3334/kilocalories per person per day worth of caloric supply when compared to 2141/kilocalories per person per day in Year 1961
  • Cereals & Grains, Oils & Fats and Meat are three major diet compositions in South Korea
  • Rice, Wheat and Maize are three major Cereal preferences in South Korea
  • National and World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations on vegetable intake is to range between 200-250g per day and in South Korea average intake is 564.08 grams
  • Oranges & Mandarines, Grapes and Bananas are three major Fruit Types Intake in South Korea
  • National and World Health Organization (WHO) typically set a guideline of 200g Fruit Intake per day and in South Korea average Fruit intake is 183.18grams
  • In South Korea, average male height is in the increasing trend and female height is in increasing trend
  • 32.10% of population is suffering from obesity and this trend is continously increasing from last few years
  • Average Male BMI in South Korea is in the range of normal and Average Female BMI is in range of normal (BMI = Body Mass Index - The WHO define a BMI <=18.5 as 'underweight'; 18.5 to 25 as 'normal/healthy'; 25.0 to 30.0 as 'obese')


Breakdown of the average per capita intake of cereals by specific cereal-based commodity types, measured in kilocalories per person per day. This figure measures the primary equivalent of all food products derived from a given commodity (e.g. "wheat" represents the primary equivalent of its derived products). Data refers to cereal food supply at the consumer level but does not account for consumer wastage in

Cereal Preferences in South Korea
RankCerealskcal/capita/day
1Rice928
2Wheat392
3Maize82
4Barley2
5Oats0

This below table shows the Diet Compositions (Average per capita dietary energy supply by commodity groups, measured in kilocalories per person per day) in South Korea

Diet Compositions in South Korea
RankTypekilocalories per person per day
1Cereals & Grains1406
2Oils & Fats628
3Meat388
4Sugar348
5Fruits & Vegetables245
6Alcoholic Beverages135
7Dairy & Eggs85
8Other47
9Starchy Roots40
10Pulses12

Major Cause of Death


Cancers was a major cause of death in South Korea with 102154 registered deaths (in year 2016) i.e. 31% of total deaths. Overall Cancers, Cardiovascular diseases and Dementia were the highest types of death causes in South Korea.
    Major Cause of Death in South Korea
  • We see the maximum number of deaths is seen in age group 70+ with 226096 deaths (year 2016).
  • 43.95% kids below age 5 years die because of Neonatal disorders.
  • Cancers, Road accidents and Suicide are the major cause of death in kids aged 5 - 14 years.
  • Cancers, Suicide and Cardiovascular disease are the major cause of death in people aged 14 - 49 years.
  • Cancers, Cardiovascular diseases and Diabetes, blood, and endocrine diseases are the major cause of death in people aged over 50 years.
  • Overall, it's observed that 48% of people aging over 50 years die because of Cancers.
Read more about Cardiovascular diseases

Major Cause of Deaths in South Korea (and it's count) Number of Deaths in South Korea - Age wise (only due to Major diseases)

Major Risk Factors of Death


  • Three Major factors of death in South Korea are High blood sugar, Smoking and High blood pressure. Every year around 186 people die due to High blood sugar.
  • Low birth weight and Child wasting are the major risk factor of kids death aging under 5 years.
  • Alcohol use and Iron deficiency are the major risk factors of death of people aging between 5 to 14 years.
  • Alcohol use, Smoking and High body-mass index (obesity) are the death risk factors of people aging between 15 to 49 years.
  • Smoking, High blood sugar and Alcohol use are the major death risk factors of people aging between 50 to 69 years.
  • High blood sugar is the major death risk factors for people aging more than 70 years.


Major Cause of Deaths in South Korea (and it's count)

Cancer Analysis


0.94% of South Korea population was suffering from cancer i.e. 587433 people (average of years 2011-2016). Highest number of cancer patients deaths were recorded due to Liver cancer (Count : 16292) and Stomach cancer was also concerning with 15047 deaths in a year. In last few years it has been observed that, people suffering from Pancreatic cancer have 9% of survival chance.South Korea was really successful in diagnosing Testicular cancer where 99% of people were cured.Highest number of cancer patients i.e. 249651 people were of age group 50-69 year olds.In 2016, 35099 were suffering from Liver cancer out of which 16292 people were dead. This means 46.42% death rate of people suffering from Liver cancer. This below data represents major cancer types in South Korea and number of deaths due to particular cancer types :

    Highlights of Cancer in South Korea :
  • 0.94 % of South Korea population is suffering from cancer
  • Highest number of deaths were registered due to Liver cancer
  • Testicular cancer was most cured cancer in South Korea
  • Liver cancer got lowest survival rate
Major Risk Factors of Death (count) in South Korea

Tables (Appendix)


Major Cause of Deaths in South Korea (and it's count)
Cause of Death Number of Deaths % of Total Deaths
Dementia 35814 10.82%
Cardiovascular diseases 83749 25.29%
Kidney disease 6664 2.01%
Respiratory disease 13838 4.18%
Liver disease 10324 3.12%
Diabetes, blood and endocrine disease 25110 7.58%
Digestive disease 5901 1.78%
Hepatitis 136 0.04%
Cancers 102154 30.85%
Parkinson's disease 2075 0.63%
Fire 646 0.2%
Malaria 2 0%
Drowning 911 0.28%
Homicide 849 0.26%
HIV/AIDS 97 0.03%
Drug disorder 203 0.06%
Tuberculosis 3367 1.02%
Road incidents 8262 2.5%
Maternal deaths 44 0.01%
Neonatal deaths 559 0.17%
Alcohol disorder 1177 0.36%
Natural disasters 0 0%
Diarrheal diseases 1017 0.31%
Kidney disease 6664 2.01%
Road incidents 8262 2.5%
Liver disease 10324 3.12%
Lower respiratory infections 11044.4980513 3.34%
Respiratory disease 13838 4.18%
Suicide 16132 4.87%
Diabetes, blood and endocrine disease 25110 7.58%
Dementia 35814 10.82%
Cardiovascular diseases 83749 25.29%
Cancers 102154 30.85%


South Korea - Cause of Death in Age : Under 5 years
Cause Type Number of Deaths % of Total Deaths
Homicide 22 1.73%
Congenital birth defects 0 0%
Neonatal infections 1 0.08%
Cancers 0 0%
Road accidents 2 0.16%
Lower respiratory infections 12 0.94%
Cardiovascular disease 0 0%
Diabetes, blood and endocrine disease 559 43.95%
Drowning 61 4.8%
Homicide 3 0.24%
Diarrheal diseases 0 0%
Fire 23 1.81%
Digestive diseases 0 0%
Kidney disease 10 0.79%
Tuberculosis 66 5.19%
Hepatitis 2 0.16%
Heat-related deaths (hot or cold exposure) 8 0.63%
Liver disease 27 2.12%
Nutritional deficiencies 2 0.16%
Protein-energy malnutrition 4 0.31%
Drug use disorders 30 2.36%
HIV/AIDS 320 25.16%
Measles 42 3.3%
Malaria 0 0%
Natural disasters 78 6.13%


South Korea - Cause of Death in Age : 5 - 14 years
Cause Type Number of Deaths % of Total Deaths
Suicide 30 8.85%
Homicide 19 5.6%
Nutritional deficiencies 0 0%
Protein-energy malnutrition 0 0%
Natural disasters 0 0%
Heat-related deaths (hot or cold exposure) 1 0.29%
Diarrheal diseases 3 0.88%
Road accidents 75 22.12%
Tuberculosis 2 0.59%
HIV/AIDS 0 0%
Drowning 29 8.55%
Malaria 0 0%
Fire 9 2.65%
Cancers 118 34.81%
Hepatitis 1 0.29%
Digestive diseases 4 1.18%
Diabetes, blood, and endocrine diseases 15 4.42%
Liver disease 2 0.59%
Respiratory disease 3 0.88%
Kidney disease 3 0.88%
Cardiovascular disease 16 4.72%
Lower respiratory infections 9 2.65%


South Korea - Cause of Death in Age : 15 - 49 years
Cause Type Number of Deaths % of Total Deaths
Suicide 6561 25.99%
Homicide 373 1.48%
Nutritional deficiencies 12 0.05%
Protein-energy malnutrition 4 0.02%
Natural disasters 0 0%
Heat-related deaths (hot or cold exposure) 83 0.33%
Diarrheal diseases 37 0.15%
Road accidents 2473 9.8%
Tuberculosis 241 0.95%
HIV/AIDS 41 0.16%
Drowning 300 1.19%
Malaria 1 0%
Fire 132 0.52%
Cancers 7630 30.23%
Hepatitis 34 0.13%
Digestive diseases 254 1.01%
Diabetes, blood, and endocrine diseases 974 3.86%
Liver disease 2136 8.46%
Respiratory disease 178 0.71%
Kidney disease 259 1.03%
Cardiovascular disease 2806 11.12%
Drug disorder 69 0.27%
Alcohol disorder 368 1.46%
Parkinson's disease 10 0.04%
Dementia 57 0.23%
Lower respiratory infections 211 0.84%


South Korea - Cause of Death in Age : 50 - 69 years
Cause Type Number of Deaths % of Total Deaths
Suicide 5441 6.85%
Homicide 291 0.37%
Nutritional deficiencies 34 0.04%
Protein-energy malnutrition 10 0.01%
Natural disasters 0 0%
Heat-related deaths (hot or cold exposure) 140 0.18%
Diarrheal diseases 113 0.14%
Road accidents 2701 3.4%
Tuberculosis 659 0.83%
HIV/AIDS 43 0.05%
Drowning 294 0.37%
Malaria 1 0%
Fire 165 0.21%
Cancers 37971 47.81%
Hepatitis 42 0.05%
Digestive diseases 942 1.19%
Diabetes, blood, and endocrine diseases 5451 6.86%
Liver disease 5194 6.54%
Respiratory disease 1797 2.26%
Kidney disease 1422 1.79%
Cardiovascular diseases 12953 16.31%
Dementia 1777 2.24%
Parkinson's disease 180 0.23%
Drug disorder 47 0.06%
Alcohol disorder 635 0.8%
Lower respiratory infections 1111 1.4%


South Korea - Cause of Death in Age : 70 + years
Cause Type Number of Deaths % of Total Deaths
Suicide 4101 1.82%
Homicide 144 0.06%
Nutritional deficiencies 313 0.14%
Protein-energy malnutrition 132 0.06%
Natural disasters 0 0%
Heat-related deaths (hot or cold exposure) 165 0.07%
Diarrheal diseases 852 0.38%
Road accidents 2952 1.31%
Tuberculosis 2461 1.09%
HIV/AIDS 13 0.01%
Drowning 266 0.12%
Malaria 1 0%
Fire 330 0.15%
Cancers 56370 25.05%
Hepatitis 57 0.03%
Digestive diseases 4693 2.09%
Diabetes, blood, and endocrine diseases 18642 8.28%
Liver disease 2989 1.33%
Respiratory disease 11855 5.27%
Kidney disease 4975 2.21%
Cardiovascular disease 67944 30.19%
Parkinson's disease 1885 0.84%
Dementia 33980 15.1%
Drug use disorders 87 0.04%
Alcohol use disorders 174 0.08%
Lower respiratory infections 9672 4.3%


Major Risk Factors of Death (count) in South Korea
Major Risk Factors Number of Deaths % of Total Deaths
Unsafe water source 186 0.08%
Poor sanitation 43 0.02%
No access to handwashing facility 177 0.08%
Household air pollution 4 0%
Outdoor air pollution 16803 7.35%
Non-exclusive breastfeeding 8 0%
Discontinued breastfeeding 1 0%
Child wasting 19 0.01%
Child stunting 1 0%
Low birth weight 258 0.11%
Secondhand smoke 3693 1.61%
Alcohol use 13191 5.77%
Drug use 2439 1.07%
Diet low in fruits 10032 4.39%
Diet low in vegetables 6371 2.79%
Unsafe sex 1445 0.63%
Low physical activity 8214 3.59%
High blood sugar 43841 19.17%
High cholesterol 15754 6.89%
High body-mass index (obesity) 19679 8.61%
High blood pressure 39063 17.08%
Smoking 43601 19.07%
Iron deficiency 6 0%
Zinc deficiency 1 0%
Vitamin-A deficiency 0 0%
Low bone mineral density 3847 1.68%


South Korea - Risk of Death in Age : Under 5 years
Risk Type Number of Deaths % of Total Deaths
Discontinued breastfeeding 1 0.32%
Non-exclusive breastfeeding 8 2.59%
Child stunting 1 0.32%
Low birth weight 258 83.5%
Drug use 0 0%
No access to handwashing facility 1 0.32%
Secondhand smoke 8 2.59%
Poor sanitation 0 0%
Unsafe water source 2 0.65%
Household air pollution 0 0%
Outdoor air pollution 10 3.24%
High body-mass index (obesity) 0 0%
High blood pressure 0 0%
High blood sugar 1 0.32%
Child wasting 19 6.15%
Iron deficiency 0 0%


South Korea - Risk of Death in Age : 5 - 14 years
Risk Type Number of Deaths % of Total Deaths
Drug use 0 0%
Alcohol use 5 31.25%
No access to handwashing facility 0 0%
Unsafe water source 1 6.25%
Unsafe sex 0 0%
Iron deficiency 4 25%
Secondhand smoke 2 12.5%
Household air pollution 0 0%
Outdoor air pollution 2 12.5%
High body-mass index (obesity) 0 0%
High blood sugar 2 12.5%
High blood pressure 0 0%
Poor sanitation 0 0%
Iron deficiency 0 0%


South Korea - Risk of Death in Age : 15 - 49 years
Risk Type Number of Deaths % of Total Deaths
Iron deficiency 4 0.03%
Low bone mineral density 109 0.79%
Drug use 760 5.53%
Alcohol use 4076 29.68%
No access to handwashing facility 4 0.03%
Unsafe water source 7 0.05%
Poor sanitation 2 0.01%
Smoking 1798 13.09%
Secondhand smoke 165 1.2%
Low physical activity 172 1.25%
Diet low in fruits 677 4.93%
Diet low in vegetables 437 3.18%
Unsafe sex 264 1.92%
High body-mass index (obesity) 1345 9.79%
Household air pollution 0 0%
Outdoor air pollution 736 5.36%
High total cholesterol 873 6.36%
High blood pressure 1119 8.15%
High blood sugar 1186 8.64%


South Korea - Risk of Death in Age : 50 - 69 years
Risk Type Number of Deaths % of Total Deaths
Iron deficiency 1 0%
Low bone mineral density 636 1.14%
Drug use 1355 2.43%
Alcohol use 6814 12.23%
No access to handwashing facility 18 0.03%
Poor sanitation 5 0.01%
Unsafe sex 509 0.91%
Smoking 11823 21.21%
Secondhand smoke 803 1.44%
Unsafe water source 20 0.04%
Diet low in vegetables 1384 2.48%
Diet low in fruits 2606 4.68%
Low physical activity 1108 1.99%
Outdoor air pollution 3653 6.55%
Household air pollution 1 0%
High body-mass index (obesity) 5974 10.72%
High blood sugar 9172 16.46%
High total cholesterol 3043 5.46%
High blood pressure 6807 12.21%


South Korea - Risk of Death in Age : 70+ years
Risk Type Number of Deaths % of Total Deaths
Iron deficiency 1 0%
Low bone mineral density 3102 1.95%
Drug use 324 0.2%
Alcohol use 2295 1.44%
Smoking 29981 18.87%
Secondhand smoke 2716 1.71%
Household air pollution 3 0%
Outdoor air pollution 12403 7.81%
No access to handwashing facility 153 0.1%
Poor sanitation 36 0.02%
Unsafe water source 156 0.1%
Unsafe sex 672 0.42%
Low physical activity 6933 4.36%
Diet low in vegetables 4550 2.86%
Diet low in fruits 6748 4.25%
High cholesterol 11838 7.45%
High blood pressure 31136 19.6%
High blood sugar 33480 21.07%
High body-mass index (obesity) 12359 7.78%


South Korea - Number of Deaths by Cancer Type
Cancer Type Number of Deaths % of Total Deaths
Liver cancer Patients : 35099 | Deaths : 16292 46.42%
Breast cancer Patients : 85256 | Deaths : 2919 3.42%
Larynx cancer Patients : 7177 | Deaths : 525 7.32%
Kidney cancer Patients : 13099 | Deaths : 1503 11.47%
Thyroid cancer Patients : 50921 | Deaths : 686 1.35%
Ovarian cancer Patients : 7923 | Deaths : 1162 14.67%
Stomach cancer Patients : 70207 | Deaths : 15047 21.43%
Uterine cancer Patients : 13504 | Deaths : 419 3.1%
Bladder cancer Patients : 21908 | Deaths : 1683 7.68%
Cervical cancer Patients : 15013 | Deaths : 1333 8.88%
Prostate cancer Patients : 46804 | Deaths : 2262 4.83%
Testicular cancer Patients : 1616 | Deaths : 16 0.99%
Pancreatic cancer Patients : 6687 | Deaths : 6102 91.25%
Esophageal cancer Patients : 4580 | Deaths : 2290 50%
Nasopharynx cancer Patients : 1171 | Deaths : 265 22.63%
Colon & rectum cancer Patients : 124391 | Deaths : 10893 8.76%
Non-melanoma skin cancer Patients : 529 | Deaths : 419 79.21%
Lip & oral cancer Patients : 7227 | Deaths : 714 9.88%
Brain & nervous system cancer Patients : 9657 | Deaths : 1321 13.68%
Tracheal, bronchus, and lung cancer Patients : 48289 | Deaths : 5310 11%
Gallbladder & biliary tract cancer Patients : 5794 | Deaths : 474 8.18%


South Korea - Number of Deaths due to Cancer - Age Wise
Age Number of Deaths % of Total Deaths
Under-5s 3130 0.53%
5-14 year olds 1357 0.23%
15-49 year olds 96002 16.34%
50-69 year olds 249651 42.5%
70+ year olds 237293 40.39%


Source :
http://www.gapminder.org/data/documentation/gd004/
http://siteresources.worldbank.org/INTWDRS/Resources/477365-1327525347307/8392086-1327528510568/WDR09_bookweb_1.pdf

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