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9 Numbers That Can Extend Your Life

From how many hours you should watch TV to how much soda you should drink

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    En español l You won’t get a Powerball payout, but hit these digits and chances are you’ll gain something more valuable: lifelong health!

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    Anything less and you risk infecting coworkers, a study finds. Sixty percent of workers go to the office when they’re sick.

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    Too much tube time increases the concentration of triglycerides in your blood and lowers HDL (“good”) cholesterol. That can harm your heart.

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    That’s more than the five a day you’re used to, but the extra amount can reduce your risk of early death by 42 percent, says a British study.

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    A gain of just 10 beats per minute over normal increases your risk of dying from heart disease by 10 to 18 percent, a new study finds.

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    In a study of more than 21,000 healthy adults, those who slept five hours or less per night were 50 percent more likely to become obese, compared with those who logged a full night’s rest.

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    Longer commutes are associated with higher blood pressure, more worrying and chronic stress, a study on commuting and health finds. (Did we really need a study?)

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    Three-quarters of the salt in your diet comes from processed foods, so sub in fresh whole foods to lower blood pressure.

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    A bigger waist increases your risk of developing metabolic syndrome (a cluster of factors including high blood pressure and cholesterol), which in turn raises the chance of heart disease and stroke.

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    Just one 12-ounce can a day raises your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 18 percent, according to a recent study.

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