Mistakes That Age You
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Mistakes That Age You

Growing older is certain, but you can make healthy choices to slow aging. Test your IQ on surprising causes of premature aging.

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Mistakes That Age You
Mistakes That Age You
Question 1 of 20 Correct

Which of these is most likely to yellow your teeth?

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The correct answer is: Though they may put a pep in your step, energy drinks can wreak havoc on your smile. The acid from them erodes the enamel and exposes the dentin, which is what makes your teeth look yellow. Studies show that energy drinks do eight times more damage to tooth enamel than drinking soda.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

True or false: The more you exercise, the less quickly your body ages.

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The correct answer is: This is false. While regular exercise has many, many benefits, athletes who overdo it may suffer from depressed immune systems, osteoporosis and reproductive health problems -- all of which can make someone look and feel older than their years. Keep in mind that moderate levels of exercise actually SLOWS aging by boosting memory, improving strength and flexibility and keeping your heart healthy.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

It's dinnertime, and you want to boil water for pasta. What temperature water do you start with?

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The correct answer is: Start with cold water whenever you're cooking, rinsing fruit or veggies or mixing baby formula, Warm or hot tap water can contain higher levels of lead, which can lead to memory loss. Your brain has lots of little blood vessels that act as shields, but lead can cross this barrier. Once inside, it damages the neurons and kills them. Over time, this causes the brain to shrink. Lead from tap water can also cause kidney disease and high blood pressure.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

What's the best way to prevent energy drinks from staining teeth?

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The correct answer is: Acidic drinks such as soft drinks, fruit juices and energy drinks can cause tooth erosion, which affects the enamel and coloring of your teeth. While eliminating acidic drinks is the best defense against erosion, drinking through a straw is the next best solution. Just make sure you don't swish the drink around or hold it in your mouth for long periods of time. Talk to your dentist about your habits, and come up with a prevention plan to protect your teeth.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

Which of the following can leave you with poor posture?

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The correct answer is: Texting too much can cause a forward head posture, which can make you look like a hunchback! Your head weighs about 10 pounds. When you lean your head forward -- as most people do when they text -- you put a strain on the joints and muscles in the neck. The more you text, the greater the strain.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

Brrr -- it's cold! Which should you do: crank the heat in your home or put on some extra clothes and snuggle under a blanket?

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The correct answer is: If more youthful-looking skin is what you want, you're best off piling on the layers instead of turning up the thermostat. That's because heating systems can rob moisture from indoor air, which can lead to dry, cracked, wrinkled skin.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

For posture-friendly texting, what should you do?

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The correct answer is: Hold your phone higher when you text, making sure your elbows are in line with your shoulders.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

Licking the knife clean after spreading peanut butter on your sandwich can tack on how many calories?

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The correct answer is: Believe it or not, that lick can net you an extra 80 calories! And 80 calories extra a day adds up to an extra eight pounds of weight gain in a year. Be mindful of such seemingly harmless tastes, sips and nibbles, and your waistline will thank you.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

Why does weight gain age you prematurely?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. When you carry excess weight you're more likely to have high blood pressure and a higher risk of heart attack. New data from a study using animals suggests that overconsumption of high fat foods can damage or alter the blood-brain barrier, which decreases brain function and leads to potential memory loss.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

True or false: "Beauty sleep" is a real thing.

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The correct answer is: This is true. While we sleep our bodies release growth hormones, which fix damaged tissues, including the skin. So if you skimp on sleep, you shortchange yourself on these repairs and cause your skin to age prematurely.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

What can make you four times more likely to die prematurely?

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The correct answer is: It pays to speak your mind: If you don't like how your partner is handling plans or a conflict, staying clammed up can cost you. Staying mum makes you four times more likely to die earlier than your peers.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

How much vitamin D should you get daily to stave off premature aging?

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The correct answer is: According to doctors Oz and Roizen, you're going to need a supplement to get enough vitamin D per day. That's 1,000 international units a day, or 1,200 if you're a woman over age 65. Vitamin D is not just good for bones and immune system, it may also help your heart. Population studies have shown that people low in D have increased risk of heart disease, but clinical studies of whether D supplements lower risk have been inconclusive.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

How often should you wash your face if you have oily skin?

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The correct answer is: It's all about balance when it comes to oily skin. In general, using an oil-free, non-comedogenic foaming cleanser that contains salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide twice a day is best to prevent breakouts. Keep in mind that sometimes over-washing your face can lead to increased oil production, so work with your dermatologist to find a skincare routine best for your needs.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

When is the best time to wash your face?

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The correct answer is: Evening is the best time to wash your face. Your skin is more likely to need cleaning after exposure to the elements and dirt all day, and you'll want to remove makeup.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

Which of the following is a smart face-washing move?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. In addition, use your fingers instead of a washcloth, and gently pat, don't rub, your skin dry with a clean towel.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

Which body part should you also moisturize when you moisturize your face?

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The correct answer is: When you take care of your face, don't stop at your chin. The skin on your neck can be thinner and more sensitive than the skin on your face. It's more prone to changes in pigment, elasticity and wrinkles. But there's no need to buy a special neck cream. Dr. Oz says they are just a marketing ploy.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

After showering, you comb the tangles out of your hair while it's wet. Good move?

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The correct answer is: Wait until your hair is dry or just damp to get the tangles out. This is because brushing wet hair can lead to breakage, leaving hair looking dull and damaged. Also, use a round brush or wide tooth comb to prevent hair loss, and hold your hair as you brush because that can prevent breakage.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

Eating which of the following can cause you to age prematurely?

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The correct answer is: A nasty side effect of sugar is wrinkles. Also, researchers found that excess consumption of sugars can lead to higher amounts of advanced glycation end products (AGEs) in the body. AGEs are proteins or fats that are altered by reaction with sugars. AGEs affect nearly every type of cell and molecule in the body and are major factors in heart disease, diabetes and cataracts.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

Which of the following can lead to hearing loss, even if you're young?

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The correct answer is: All of the above can lead to hearing loss. Turns out your iPod can pump over 100 decibels, and long exposure to sounds at or above 85 decibels can damage your ears. Q-tips are among the worst things for your ears because people can puncture their eardrums by mistake. SCUBA diving can rupture the membranes of the inner ear, causing fluid to escape, ultimately leading to hearing loss.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

How loud should you set your volume the next time you listen to music?

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The correct answer is: Rock out no louder than 75 decibels, or about 70 percent of the maximum volume. You know you've turned the volume up too high if other people can hear your tunes playing through the headphones. And, if you have to raise your voice in order for the other person to be able to hear you, it's time to turn it down.

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