7 Healthy Numbers That Count for 2011

Interesting health figures to keep in mind.

from Reader's Digest

The amount of years longer you may live if you are an optimist.

Read more about how being optimistic can make you healthier.

Increase in the risk of death for someone with diabetes compared to a person the same age without the disease.

Learn more in Diabetes: What to Do Now

Of hospital patients get heavy-duty heartburn drugs, no matter why they were admitted.

Find out 4 safer ways to heal heartburn.

Of people infected with a cold don’t develop symptoms.

Find out what you can do to boost your immunity.

How long it takes for loss of sleep to cause insulin resistance—which, over time, raises the risk of diabetes.

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 sleep a night.

Agave syrup has more calories per teaspoon than table sugar.

It also ranks lower in disease-fighting antioxidants than many other natural sweeteners, including honey and maple syrup.

The amount you would need to meet 1,000 IU (a frequently recommended daily target) of vitamin D.

Read more about other sources of vitamin D.

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