It’s important to keep your cholesterol levels within healthy limits. Whatever it takes – diet, fitness, drugs – drop your total cholesterol below two bills. With every one percent reduction of total blood cholesterol, there is about a two percent reduction in the risk of heart attack. So bringing down moderately high cholesterol (up to 239) will buy you an extra six months, according to research. And if your level is in the 300+ range, dropping down to 200 can extend your life by more than four years.
Taking steps to lower your blood pressure can add years to your life. If your diastolic (bottom number) reading is 90 to 95, reducing it to 80 can gain you up to 2.4 years. Adopting healthy lifestyle habits is an effective first step in both preventing and controlling high blood pressure.