Table 5

 Correlation of relative changes in all cause mortality at ages 55–69 with relative mortality changes in specific causes of death at ages 80–89, for men and women born to the centralised birth cohorts 1895–1910 among seven European countries

Causes of death at ages 80–89AllMenWomenCohort change† 1895–1900Cohort change† 1900–1905Cohort change† 1905–1910
N = 42N = 21N = 21N = 14N = 14N = 14
†Relative change in mortality rates between the two subsequent centralised birth cohorts. ‡This refers to all diseases not included in this table—that is, all cause mortality minus all circulatory diseases, all cancers, infectious diseases, pneumonia, diabetes mellitus, dementia, “all symptoms and ill defined conditions”, and all external causes of death. *Correlation is significant at the 0.05 level (two tailed); **correlation is significant at the 0.01 level (two tailed).
All circulatory diseases0.58**0.66**0.140.63*0.54*0.51
All cancers0.69**0.54*0.49*0.64*0.79**0.50
All other causes0.170.400.
Diseases specifically related to old age within “all other causes”:
Infectious diseases0.010.150.26−
Diabetes mellitus0.44**0.110.420.440.330.55*
All symptoms and ill defined conditions0.07−0.120.62**−
All other diseases‡0.220.67**0.130.45−0.030.17
All external causes of death0.39*0.33−0.090.420.360.18