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How to Live Longer

The fountain of youth may be a myth, but there are ways to live longer. Take this quiz to test your smarts about healthy aging.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

Eating which kind of chocolate can help you live longer?

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The correct answer is: Go for dark chocolate. People who eat dark chocolate have 30 percent less chance of heart disease and stroke.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

What should you drink daily to boost your longevity?

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The correct answer is: Medicine Hunter Chris Kilham recommends drinking three small cups of coffee every day to boost your longevity. Studies found that more than two cups a day offers some protection against heart disease, respiratory ailments and diabetes.

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Which of the following foods can add years to your life?

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The correct answer is: You've probably heard of an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Well you may want to substitute apple with onion. Onions lower LDL (bad cholesterol) which reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke. Onions are also rich in tocopherol, beta carotene and other protective compounds.

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What spice can help you live longer?

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The correct answer is: Turmeric can help you live longer. Studies show turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties. It's also good for the cardiovascular system, improves immune and brain function, treats gastrointestinal problems, fights pain and prevents and fights certain cancers.

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To live longer, try sipping tea made with . . .

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The correct answer is: Dandelion is a great longevity-boosting weed. It helps detoxify the liver, fights inflammation and fights against bacteria, viruses and parasites. You can put dandelion in a salad or buy dandelion tea. Just don't eat chemically treated dandelion from your lawn. That may do more harm to you than good.

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What herb can you cook with to add years to your life?

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The correct answer is: Tulsi, also known as holy basil, is an extremely powerful antioxidant that can add years to your life. It's used to prevent inflammation and diabetes. Current research suggests that holy basil's oils can slow progression and improve survival rates in animals with cancer. Try using holy basil in stir-fry dishes or to spice up soups.

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What type of mushroom is proven to help you live longer?

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The correct answer is: Studies show reishi mushrooms fight tumors, increase immune-protective T cells and inhibit plaque formation in the arteries. The best way to eat them? Make a broth from the mushrooms and use it in soups, stews or mushroom risottos. You can usually find reishi mushrooms in any Chinese grocery store.

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True or false: Taking daily Advil has been proven to extend your life.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Taking a daily aspirin can help prevent heart attacks and can lower a person's risk of dying from common cancers by up to 54 percent. Aspirin isn't for everyone, so talk with your doctor first.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

Which of these can increase your risk of early death?

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The correct answer is: According to one study, women who reported sitting for more than six hours a day were 37 percent more likely to die during the 13-year study than those who sat less than three hours a day. Got a desk job? Take frequent breaks, and try stand-up meetings for less chair time.

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How often should you floss to increase your lifespan?

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The correct answer is: Floss every day and visit your dentist every six months. Doing so will prevent gum disease, which increases your risk for cardiac problems (heart attack, stroke and angina) and diabetes—not to mention osteoporosis, problem pregnancies and respiratory disease.

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Which of the following activities can help you live longer?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Being active, learning to relax and making sure your blood pressure is in check can have a dramatic effect on your life expectancy and quality of life.

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Laughing often can make your RealAge how many years younger?

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The correct answer is: According to Michael Roizen, MD, laughter boosts your immune system, which can make your RealAge eight years younger.

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Reducing stress can decrease your RealAge by how much?

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The correct answer is: According to Dr. Roizen, reducing stress in your life can make your RealAge up to 30 years younger.

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Which attitude can help you live longer?

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The correct answer is: An optimistic outlook can boost your immune system. One study found that people who had positive attitudes towards aging lived an average of seven and a half years longer than those who viewed aging in a negative manner.

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What type of diet has been proven to boost longevity, especially for women?

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The correct answer is: According to recent studies, combining the Mediterranean diet with exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight and not smoking significantly lowered mortality rates in women.

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According to some studies, having sex at least how many times a week can make you live longer if you're a man?

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The correct answer is: Studies show that men who had sex at least once a week were less likely to die in the next decade than those who didn't. Researchers have also found that women who enjoyed their sex lives live seven or eight years longer than those who didn't.

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Which of the following vegetables can increase your longevity?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Jicama is a root vegetable that is high in potassium, which helps reduce high blood pressure. Kale is high in flavonoids, which kills off cancer cells. Sweet potatoes are high in beta carotene, which helps to build heart-healthy vitamin A within the body. Microwave or steam these vegetables with as little water as possible to retain the maximum amount of nutrients.

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Which of the following varieties of red wine is best for boosting longevity?

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The correct answer is: According to Joseph Maroon, MD, author of The Longevity Factor, pinot noir, merlot, grenache, cabernet sauvignon and wines made with tempranillo grapes have the most resveratrol -- that uber-healthful grape phenol with disease-thwarting, longevity-boosting powers.

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How many servings of salmon or trout should you aim to eat a week to live longer?

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The correct answer is: Dr. Roizen recommends aiming for three servings of salmon or trout a week. These types of fish are rich in DHA omega-3 fatty acid which helps protect your heart, eyes, brain and waistline. Eating fish also reduces the risk of colon cancer. Toss fish on the grill with vegetables, or enjoy canned salmon with olive oil for a longevity-boosting fish sandwich.

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To reap the longevity-boosting benefits of potassium, which of these foods should you eat?

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The correct answer is: Figs, bananas and potatoes are all good sources of potassium. In a recent study of people over age 55, those who reported eating a potassium-rich diet had a lower risk of dying over the next five years. Too much potassium can be toxic, so get what you need from food, not supplements.

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