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9.5 - The amount of years longer you may live if you are an optimist. Recent research has shown that a positive person can live an average of 9.5 years longer according to a study in the American Journal of Epidemiology. You can have the last laugh by training the way you think and react to events in your life. Besides increases your life expectancy, depending on which optimism study you read, optimists are 9 percent less likely to develop heart disease and have blood pressure that’s five points lower, on average.

7 to 9 - The amount of hours sleep recommended each night for a healthy adult. Insufficient sleep is associated with a number of chronic diseases and conditions, such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, obesity, and depression. Sufficient sleep is increasingly being recognized as an essential aspect of chronic disease prevention and health promotion. Proper sleep can also help stimulate fat loss. Plus, dieters who got 8.5 hours of sleep nightly lost 56 percent more body fat than they did when eating the same diet but getting just 5.5 hours of sleeps a night.

2 - The increase in risk of death from cardiovascular disease from too little or too much sleep. (Source: University of Warwick. Lack Of Sleep Doubles Risk Of Death, But So Can Too Much Sleep. ScienceDaily.2007, September 24).

1 - The number of nights it takes for loss of sleep to cause insulin resistance. Over time, insulin resistance raises the risk of diabetes.

5 - The number of minutes a smoker shortens their lifespan for each cigarette a smoker smokes.

2 - The increase risk for stroke that is caused by smoking. The good news? If you stop smoking today, your stroke risk will immediately begin to decrease.

2 - The increased risk for stroke or heart attack for people with gum disease.

1000 - The average recommended amount of vitamin D (IUs) that should be taken daily. There is a lot of evidence suggesting that increasing your vitamin D intake will reduce your risk of many serious chronic diseases like osteoporosis, cancer, high blood pressure, and heart disease).

35.5 - The maximum waist size for men. Research shows that if your waistline (measured at the belly button and not the pants area) is less than 35.5 inches in males, then you are in the ideal range. However, if your waistline is more than 40 inches in males, and more than 37 inches in females, then you are at the highest risk for a heart attack and stroke. People in between those numbers are at moderate risk and should try to reach their ideal body weight.

31 - The maximum waist size for women for a lower risk for a heart attack and stroke.

35,000 - The average number of people in the U.S. that will die from the flu this year.

2 - Increase in the risk of death for someone with diabetes compared to a person the same age without the disease. Diabetes can lead to serious complications, such as kidney damage, cardiovascular disease, blindness, sexual dysfunction, and lower-limb amputations. The good news? People with diabetes can lower the occurrence of these and other diabetes complications by controlling blood glucose, blood pressure, and blood lipids through healthy eating, being active, and with medicine when required.

100 - The maximum amount of fasting blood sugar in mg/dl or lower. A blood sugar higher than 100 mg/dl can lead to diabetes and its frightening health complications. The excess sugar in your body damages your arteries, causing cracks and holes to appear at the walls.

20 - The extra amount of calories agave syrup has that per teaspoon than table sugar. What many people do not know is agave actually ranks lower in disease-fighting antioxidants than many other natural sweeteners, including honey and maple syrup.

130 - Your LDL cholesterol level. When lower your LDL cholesterol (the “bad” kind of cholesterol) is < 130 mg/dl you lower your risk dramatically to serious cardiovascular conditions, like heart attack and stroke.

40 - The minimum amount of HDL – or good cholesterol recommended for men (>50 for a woman).

25 - The percentage of people infected with a cold doesn’t develop symptoms.

25 - The percentage of accidents caused by cell phone use while driving.

9 - The increased risk of dying in a fatal crash when using a cell phone and driving.

40 - The percentage of risk reduction for Alzheimer’s for those who exercised for at least 15 minutes 3 or more times a week vs. those who exercised fewer than 3 times a week.

230,000 - The number of people living with undiagnosed HIV infection in the U.S. (Source CDC).

25 - 35 - The daily goal for fiber intake in grams according to the American Dietetic Association. Insufficient amounts of daily fiber increases your risk for cancer, diabetes, obesity and other serious health conditions.

23.28 - Average lifetime percentage risk a man has for dying from cancer.

19.58 - Average lifetime percentage risk a women has for dying from cancer.

2.79 - Average lifetime percentage risk a man has for dying from prostate cancer.

40 - The recommended age for women in good health to start getting yearly mammograms for cancer prevention.

2.81 - Average lifetime percentage risk a women has for dying from breast cancer.

3 - The suggested time frame for women in their 20s and 30s to get clinical breast exam.

1 - The suggested time frame for women over 40 to get clinical breast exams.

4000 - The number of chemicals in cigarette smoke. This includes 43 known cancer-causing (carcinogenic) compounds and 400 other toxins, such as nicotine, tar, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, ammonia, hydrogen cyanide, arsenic, DDT and many more.

About the Author

Jeff BeharJeff Behar, MS, MBA is a former natural bodybuilding champion, well sought after personal; trainer and author with over 30 years of experience in the health, fitness, and bodybuilding fields.  He regularly writes for several magazines about top health, fitnessdisease prevention, diet, nutrition, natural healing, and  anti aging issues that are being discussed today. He has authored over 1000 articles regarding health, fitness, nutrition, weight loss, and is the author of the best selling Ebook, Top 100 Superfoods - 100 Healthiest Foods on the Planet

Jeff Behar is also the founder of, , and, three very popular health and wellness information websites and social networking communities.



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