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Dress for Your Health

From shoes to underwear, the wrong clothes can wreak havoc on your health. Take this quiz to see if you know what's smart to wear.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

True or false: Wearing flip-flops can cause foot injuries.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Wearing flip-flops affects the way you walk, which can lead to pain in the leg, hip and lower back as well as foot injuries such as arch problems, sprained ankles and tendonitis.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

True or false: Wearing a hat causes hair loss.

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The correct answer is: This is false. It's a myth that wearing hats causes baldness. As long as your headwear isn't so tight that it restricts circulation to the follicles, it won't cause any hair loss. And a hat is always helpful in shielding you from harmful UV rays. Go ahead, put a lid on it!

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

True or false: The darker your sunglasses are, the stronger protection they offer.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Choose a lens tint that blocks at least 80 percent, but no more than 90 to 92 percent, of transmissible light. Neutral gray, amber, brown or green are good colors to choose from. Also, check the shades' label: it should state that they provide over 95 percent UV protection. Finally, opt for a style that wraps all the way around your temples.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

True or false: Wearing an underwire bra may raise your risk for breast cancer.

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The correct answer is: This is false. There is no known association between bra use or time of use and breast cancer risk.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

Is it healthy to wear a bra to bed?

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The correct answer is: Wearing a bra when you sleep is not proven to keep your breasts from sagging, but neither is it hazardous to your health. Let your own comfort be your guide.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

Wearing thong underwear puts you at risk for which of the following?

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The correct answer is: The fit of a thong can increase the risk that E coli, a common bacteria found in the colon, will travel into the urethra where it can cause an infection.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

Which of the following should you do to avoid bacterial vaginosis (BV)?

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The correct answer is: You can keep your vaginal bacteria balanced by washing your vagina and anus every day with mild soap. Avoid douching, as it removes normal bacteria that protects you from infection. Keep the area cool by wearing clean cotton or cotton-lined underpants and avoiding tight pants in hot weather.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

True or false: Wearing tight underwear is unhealthy.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Do not wear underwear that puts too much pressure on the skin. (If it leaves indentations, or marks, on your skin, that's too much pressure.) Tight high-waisted underwear can put excessive pressure on your stomach and aggravate acid reflux disease, whereas tight low-waisted undies can aggravate urinary incontinence issues, and compress nerves of the groin and lower leg as well as hamper blood flow.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

Spandex shapewear can cause which of the following?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Choose spandex shapewear that's open at the bottom and wash it frequently to avoid bacteria build-up, which could cause a urinary tract infection. Too much pressure on the belly from tight shapewear can cause acid reflux and heartburn, so avoid wearing it for at least 30 minutes after a big meal.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

What is the harm in wearing high heels?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Over time, cramming your toes into a very narrow space can lead to bunions and hammer toe, two common but uncomfortable foot ailments. High heels can also cause your calves to become tight, which irritates the Achilles tendon. And they increase pressure on the knees and back, which can cause an unnatural curvature of the spine.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

When choosing a hat for sun protection, what features should you look for?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Choose a chapeau with a wide, 360-degree brim to fully protect your ears, nose and back of the neck. Choose tightly woven and dark fabrics over items that are pale or pastel-colored.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

An extra inch of hat brim lowers your risk of skin cancer by what percent?

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The correct answer is: For every extra inch of brim, you lower your risk of skin cancer by 10 percent. So enjoy one of those huge, floppy sun hats!

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

What does UPF stand for?

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The correct answer is: This term is used to describe the level of protection a fabric or garment provides. UPF, or ultraviolet protection factor, indicates how much of the sun's UV radiation is absorbed by the fabric.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

What UPF should you look for in sun-protective clothing?

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The correct answer is: A fabric with a rating of 50 will allow only 1/50th (2 percent) of the sun's UV rays to pass through, blocking the remaining 98 percent. To qualify as sun-protective, a fabric must have a UPF of more than 30, undergo 40 simulated launderings and be exposed to the equivalent of two years of light. It must also be tested with chlorinated water if it is intended for swimsuits.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

Diabetic socks are recommended for whom?

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The correct answer is: Because diabetics are prone to circulation problems and foot injuries, they may benefit from special socks that wick away moisture, provide extra cushion and keep feet dry. If you have diabetes, any socks you wear should always be clean, dry and a good fit. It’s also a good idea to wear light-colored socks so you are easily able to spot blood or discharge from wounds on your feet.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

What fabric should you look for in exercise gear?

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The correct answer is: Choose fitness-wear made of moisture-wicking fabric that allows you to move freely and doesn't irritate your skin. (Cotton in far less effective at keeping sweat off your skin than some synthetic fabrics.) Avoid excessively baggy or too-tight clothing.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

True or false: You can wear the same pair of sneakers for every exercise.

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The correct answer is: This is false. For example, road running and trail jogging require different types of footwear. Your best shoe choice depends on the activity in which you plan to participate. Get recommendations and a proper fit from an athletic store.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

Are toning shoes good for you?

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The correct answer is: Toning shoes are designed to mimic walking on an unstable surface, and the manufacturers' logic is that this will burn more calories, challenge your muscles and improve the muscle tone and shape of your legs, hips and butt. Sounds great, but research by independent groups hasn't found that these kicks offer any increased toning or benefit over regular shoes.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

For healthy feet, what characteristics should you look for in a shoe?

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The correct answer is: Wearing properly fitted, supportive shoes goes a long way toward keeping your feet healthy. For everyday wear, choose sturdy shoes that have adequate cushioning, a wide toe box, and flexibility at the ball of the foot.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

True or false: Wearing shoes at home can prevent falls.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Researchers have found that going barefoot or wearing only socks or slippers around the home increases your risk for falls.

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