Recent studies reported in the AARP Bulletin, offer health numbers to extend life.
2.7: days you should stay home with the flu to reduce risk of infecting co workers.
2: hours of TV daily. Too much tube time increases triglycerides and lowers HDL cholesterol.
7+: ideal daily servings of fruits and veggies. The extra can reduce risk of early death by 42 percent.
60 to 100: heartbeats per minute at rest. A gain of 10 beats per minute increases risk of dying from heart disease.
7: hours of sleep nightly to control weight. Five hours or less increases likelihood of obesity.
20: most miles you should drive to work each day. Longer commutes are associated with higher blood pressure and chronic stress.
1,500: maximum amount of sodium in milligrams an adult should consume daily. Sub in fresh whole foods to lower blood pressure.
1:2: healthiest ratio, waist to height. A bigger waist raises chance of heart disease and stroke.
0: number of cans of sugar-laden soda you can safely drink. One can daily raises the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 18 percent.