How can taking medication incorrectly affect the way I age?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Taking pills can make you older if you don't know how to take them correctly. Mixing drugs, taking medicines beyond their prescribed time, or taking them erratically can be hard on your body and can make you older rather than younger. Statistics show that people who take too many pills without proper supervision have a RealAge (physiological age) as much as 4.5 years older. However, the fact that taking more pills makes your RealAge older doesn't mean you shouldn't take any medications. It's important to take the medicines you need, and to take them as instructed. Not taking necessary drugs, or taking them incorrectly, can make you more than one year older.

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