Which Organ Is Most Likely to Rebel in Your Body?

By: Zoe Samuel

Which Organ Is Most Likely to Rebel in Your Body?
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About This Quiz

You have a whole lot of organs in your body, and while some of them have duplicates in case one goes down, others are expected to perform pretty much flawlessly from birth until death. You can live with one lung or one kidney, and you can also live with only half a liver, or fewer than the usual complement of teeth.

Of course, they never actually do, because the body is designed to accommodate many of its systems functioning below par. For example, your heart doesn't actually need all of its component chambers to beat perfectly at all times in order to keep you alive; heart cells have developed such that they beat individually, even if they are removed from the heart and put into a petri dish! At the same time, the immune system is constantly fighting off infections, while the body's natural healing processes make your organs recover from damage. The upshot is that a lot of the time, one or other of your organs may be in a state of rebellion, but because it is only partial rebellion, you don't suffer very serious symptoms.

Still, if a rebellion does break out in a particular organ or the related system, it can be really serious. While modern medicine has answers to many of these situations, the best option is always prevention - and to prevent disaster before it strikes, you have to know when and where to expect it. Let's find out!

What's your typical daily intake of green vegetables?
Zero
Moderate
Low
Very high

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How was your health as a child?
Terrible
Very good
Average
OK

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Did both your parents make it to their 60th birthday in relatively decent shape?
No, neither did
Just one did
Yes, both did
It's too early to say, but they look like they will.

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When you visit the doctor, what sound is the first one they make when examining you?
"Oof"
"Awww"
"Ah-ha"
"Hmmmm"

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Can you run up four flights of stairs without having to sit down at the top?
Nobody can do that!
Yes, but I'd be puffing.
Easily
Probably

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How much exercise is built into your day?
None
A nice walk
Loads of constant exercise
A fair amount

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Would you say you have a healthy relationship with food?
No, I eat when I am happy or sad.
No. When I am sad I forget to eat.
I think so, generally.
It comes and goes.

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What sort of climate do you live in?
Too cold to go outside most of the year
Gray and rainy
Hot and muggy
Temperate and pleasant

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Were you taught growing up that asking for help is weakness?
Only for men
Yes
No
Somewhat

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How often do you see a doctor when there ISN'T something obviously wrong?
Never
Rarely
I go for my annual checkup, like a grownup.
I'm actually a bit of a hypochondriac.

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Have you ever had an ultrasound that wasn't to do with pregnancy?
Nope, but I should.
I don't think that is a thing.
Yes, more than one
Just one

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Have you ever had an MRI?
Nope
Yep, multiple
Not yet
Just one

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How good are you at remembering to take a prescription every day?
Pretty poor
Terrible
Not bad
Decent - as long as it stays down!

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How do you get to work?
Car
Subway
Bike
Bus

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Owning a pet is great for your health. Do you have one?
Nope
Yes, a cat
Yes, a dog
Yes, one that is neither a cat nor a dog

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Would you say you're pretty emotionally literate?
Not really
No
Yes
Above average

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Do you keep any sort of diary in which you'd track an unusual sensation or pain?
Nope
Yep
Sometimes
Yes, but only since my doctor told me to.

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How much sleep do you get per night?
6.5 hours
7-8 hours but regularly interrupted
8 hours
7 hours

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A second set of eyes makes all the difference. Are you in a relationship?
Nope
Yep, but it is quite new.
Yes, but we don't live together.
Yes, it is longstanding.

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Let's find out who else is monitoring your health. How's your relationship with your mom?
Fine when we hang out, though we don't speak as often as we'd like.
We have a terrible relationship.
Great, but we live in different towns.
Excellent, and we live nearby.

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What sort of access to health care do you have?
Poor
Basically nonexistent
Excellent
Good

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Have you ever put off going to the doctor for financial or scheduling reasons?
Yes, all the time
Some types of doctor, yes
No
Not recently, but yes in the past

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Going back to your earliest memory of saying something hurt, whereabouts in your body was it?
Chest
Everywhere
I wasn't sure but I knew something was up.
Tummy

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Dental problems left unhandled can allow infection and other trouble to spread. How often do you make it to the dentist?
I am too scared to go.
Every six months
Annually
Every year or two

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What interesting news, if any, did you get in your last blood test?
Cholesterol and blood pressure are through the roof.
Nothing of note for me!
Vitamin D, iron, and follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) are a smidge low.
Vitamins E and B are a smidge low.

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Have you ever survived a major accident where you were injured?
More than one
Nothing major
Yes
No

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What unhelpful habit can you simply not resist?
I'm lazy!
I overthink everything.
I bite my nails.
I forget my diet and eat the wrong thing.

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How do you feel in the morning when you wake up?
Exhausted
Sleepy and demotivated
Fine
Like I need the bathroom

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Can you afford to adequately heat and cool your home?
Yes
No - I'm not uncomfortable but the stress is terrible!
Not really
Usually, yes

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What sort of neighborhood do you live in?
Industrial city
'Burbs
Countryside
Small town

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