Are you age smart?

By: Discovery Fit and Health Writers

Are you age smart?
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About This Quiz

Are you age smart? When it comes to aging, how much do you know? Test your knowledge with this quiz adapted from "YOU: The Owner's Manual", by Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Michael Roizen.
Which of the following ages you the least?
Smoking one pack of cigarettes a day
A HDL (good) cholesterol level of 29mg/dl
Consistently avoiding cleaning grout on your to-do list
Eating steak twice a week
Eating steak twice a week makes you less than one year older compared to smoking a pack of cigarettes (eight years older), an inadequate healthy HDL cholesterol of 29 (about 4 years older), and the stress of avoiding a nagging task makes you eight years older.

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What is the ideal blood pressure?
115/76
The ideal blood pressure is 115/76, established in 56 studies, 52 countries and in over 20 million people. It is the same in New Delhi as it is in Chicago as it is in Tokyo. A lower blood pressure does not add much to your rate of aging, but higher numbers aren't good -- over 50 percent of heart attacks can be attributed to blood pressure between 125/80 and 140/90.
Anything less that 140/90
Whatever the heck made George Burns live to 100
Depends on your family history

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What is the ideal amount of aspirin you should take to decrease arterial aging?
Whatever it takes to cure a hangover
None; ibuprofen is better
Two or more baby aspirins or half a regular aspirin
The data shows that you get as much benefit from two or more baby aspirins as from a full aspirin. And two baby aspirins are more than twice as good at preventing arterial disease as is one baby aspirin.
One baby aspirin

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What is the most revealing sign that you might have Alzeimer's-related dementia?
You constantly forget where you put your keys
What was the question again?
You can't recognize information that someone told you five minutes ago
While you forget recent information with Alzheimer's, the forgetfulness is so profound that you can't recognize that you forgot.
You forget that you told the same story to you co-workers last week

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What's the best kind of crossword puzzle you can do for your brain?
What ever's available on the back of the toilet at the time
One you can finish
One you can't finish
One you can't finish. By consistently challenging yourself, you increase the growth of your brain cell dendrites and brain functioning.
I don't know, but I'm looking for an eight-letter insulin secretor starting with a p and ending with an s.

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In menopause, what is the major thing that happens?
The ovaries signal they only have a few eggs left
The ovaries apparently help govern the start of menopause rather than the brain just sending signals south.
A women loses her ability to have sustained levels of growth hormone and estrogen
A women's sexual drive decreases
Husbands seek shelter from pan flinging

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Which of the following is true about the bone condition osteoporosis?
It's the leading cause of most hip fractures in women but not men
It's more common in larger people because they have more bone mass
The risks are reduced with lunges, squats, vitamin D and calcium in both men and women
You strengthen your bones by doing exercises that stress the muscles and joints that surround or connect them. Vitamin D and calcium are important as well for both men and women.
It causes aches and pains

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Which of the following is true about the joint condition osteoarthritis?
It's found in 85 percent of people over the age 85
Osteoarthritis is found in 85 percent of people over the age 85 -- that's why it is so important to do things to keep your joints acting less than their age.
It's something you don't need to worry about until you're 85
It's made worse by cracking your knuckles
It's made better by swimming

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What is the most common hormone abnormality in people older than 60?
Hypothyroidism
Hypothyroidism is present in more that 10 percent of people over the age of 60, which is one reason why we urge you to get a thyroid test every five years starting at 45.
Diabetes
Testosterone deficiency
Loss of sex drive (aka Brad-Pittuitary deficiency)

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Which of the following is true about hormones?
More is better
Plant hormones are natural
All decrease as you age
Most over-the-counter hormone supplements are shams
Most over-the-counter hormone supplements are shams. At least the worst that happens is that there is a transfer of money from you to the person selling, and you most likely won't get sick from it.

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You Got:
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