What's Your Vice?
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What's Your Vice?

Whether it's smoking or finishing a carton of Ben & Jerry's, we all have vices. Is yours hurting you? Take our quiz to find out.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

Which of these bad habits can increase the risk of early death by 80 percent?

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The correct answer is: Any of the above. Engaging in just one of these major agers can boost the risk of death by nearly 80 percent. Keeping alcohol consumption to a minimum, quitting smoking and exercising regularly are all ways to get healthy and increase your RealAge.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

Which of the following could happen to someone who bites their nails?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Nail biting can contribute to poor nail health. When you bite your nails, you may be introducing germs and bacteria from your mouth to the nail area, where they can cause infections like paronychia, an inflammation of the skin on either side of the nail. Want to kick the habit? Try carrying a squishy ball to squeeze, a rubber band to snap or applying bad-tasting nail polish to keep you from gnawing away.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

Which of the following causes itchy ears?

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The correct answer is: Got itchy ears? You may have eczema or dry skin caused by repeated cleaning with a cotton swab. Yes, using a Q-tip might feel great, but ear wax in the canal helps to moisturize the skin and prevent itching.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

True or false: It's okay to occasionally wear contacts overnight.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Wearing contacts overnight can contribute to a bacterial eye infection.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

Which of the following is true of high heels?

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The correct answer is: High heels may look great, but wearing 2-inch or higher heels every day shortens calf muscles and thickens Achilles tendons, which can make walking difficult. Wedge-wearers beware: Chunky platforms may be easier on your feet, but you can't feel the ground under you very well, which makes tripping on uneven payment a daily risk. Your fashion alternative? Cute kitten heels and flats. Both are stylish and you won't find yourself face-down on the sidewalk.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

True or false: Exercise can make up for those who are sitting 11 hours or more.

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The correct answer is: This is false. A recent study from Australia followed more than 200,000 adults age 45 and older for three years. Those who sat 11 or more hours per day were 40 percent more likely to die than people who sat fewer than four hours a day. What's worse is that the same results occurred even after those who sat longer exercised. What you do during the day is crucial. If you have a 9 to 5 job, look for opportunities to add more movement throughout your day. And remember, the World Health Organization recommends at least 150 minutes of physical activity per week.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

People who sleep fewer than ___ hours every night have a 50 percent increased risk of viral infections, heart disease and stroke.

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The correct answer is: People who sleep fewer than six hours a night have a 50 percent increased risk of viral infections and an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. Plus, lack of sleep is associated with mental decline and overeating (which leads to major aging conditions). Need to sleep better? Keep your room cool, remove work materials and computers from your sleep environment and get on a regular sleep schedule for the best results.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

The risk of death increases in those who sleep __ hours.

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The correct answer is: All of the above. In a study by the American Cancer Society, people who slept too much had a higher risk of death over six years. Specifically, the risk of death increased 12 percent for people who slept 8 hours, 17 percent for people who slept 9 hours and 34 percent for people who slept for 10 hours a night. That's because oversleeping is linked to some medical problems, like diabetes and heart disease. Your body clock runs best when you're on a regular sleep schedule, so try rising within one hour of the time you get up during the week, even on the weekends, to avoid oversleeping.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

Which of the following bad habits is common in unhappy people?

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The correct answer is: According to RealAge, researchers found that people who considered themselves unhappy tended to watch significantly more TV than those who said they were very happy.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

True or false: People who don't have a TV in the bedroom have 50 percent more sex than those who do.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Ideally, the bed is for two things: sleep and sex. Not only does the flickering of a television or computer screen keep your brain in wake-up mode, preventing you from sleep, but it can also hinder your sex life.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

Which of the following bad habits can cause women to overeat?

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The correct answer is: Turn down the tunes. In one study, women who heard erratic bursts of loud music loaded up on bland foods like plain popcorn and fatty cheese. Need another reason to turn down the tunes? Long or repeated exposure to sounds at or above 85 decibels (your iPod can pump out more than 100 decibels), can injure your hair cells in your ear and cause hearing loss. Any sound that hits 120 to 150 decibels may inflict immediate harm. It's okay to plug into your iPod — just make sure you are still tuned in to what's going on around you and that other people cannot hear what's playing.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

Which of the following is considered one drink?

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The correct answer is: Moderate alcohol consumption is okay, so long as you limit yourself to one drink a day for women or two drinks a day for men. One drink is defined as 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine or 1 1/2 ounces of distilled liquor.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

Which of these can help you control snack portions?

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The correct answer is: Imagining the above items can help you keep portion sizes under control. Keep cheese the size of a tube of lipstick, imagine a shower cap for popcorn, a pot of lip gloss for dark chocolate, a palmful for nuts and two cotton balls for guacamole.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

Eating too fast can make you more vulnerable to which of the following diseases?

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The correct answer is: Eating too fast will make you 2.5 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than eating slowly. It should take you about 30 minutes to eat a full meal. Need to slow it down? Try munching on six walnut halves, a quarter of an avocado and a handful of almonds 30 minutes before a meal to make you feel fuller before eating. Or, eat smaller meals, more slowly and more often to stabilize blood sugar levels.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

Which of the following clothing items could be a gateway to heart disease or diabetes?

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The correct answer is: Have the bad habit of immediately changing into something with an elastic waistband as soon as you get home from work? All of that stretch lets you ignore an expanding waistline, which is a huge risk factor for heart disease and diabetes. Ditch sweat pants for something with a button or zipper at the waist. When they feel snug, that's your signal to exercise more and eat less.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

How much weight could you gain from drinking just one coffeehouse beverage every day?

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The correct answer is: A recent study broke down the calorie count of popular coffeehouse beverages and found that blended drinks (anything other than straight coffee or tea) often pack 200 calories or more. Drinking just one of these beverages daily could add 20 pounds to your frame. Need the caffeine boost but not the calories? Drink brewed coffee or tea with added milk and sugar for about 60 calories per serving. If you must have a blended drink, order the smallest size available and opt for the "light" version.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

True or false: Diet sodas are fattening.

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The correct answer is: This is false. While a recent study found that people who drank diet sodas had a 70 percent greater increase in waist circumference over a few years than people who didn't drink them, it's not from the actual soda. It's caused by the "Health Halo" effect. First, sweet diet soda fuels the desire for other sweets. Second, those who drink diet sodas believe they are saving calories and can afford to reward themselves with extra sweets or fast food. So while diet soda itself isn't more fattening than regular soda, bulking up on extra foods that aren't so great for you can be fattening.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

Which of the following candy packaging is worse for your waistline?

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The correct answer is: Have the munchies? A common bad habit is to reach for the sweets. One recent study revealed that people are actually prone to eat more candy when it's individually wrapped because they give up control when they spy a small package. Next time you find yourself needing a sweet, opt for something a little healthier. Ready-to-grab foods on the counter make it to your mouth the most often, so hide candy in the cupboard (or toss it out!) and keep a bowl of fresh fruit on your table for a sweet and healthy snack.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

Which of the following bad habits could cause dementia?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Want to prevent dementia? Walking 45 minutes a day, six days a week, as well as strength training exercises two to three times a week are great for your brain as well as your body. Other ways to prevent dementia include eating a healthy diet and socializing.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

True or false: Popping zits is okay as long as you wash your hands first.

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The correct answer is: This is false. When it comes to zits, squeezing and scrubbing can cause scars, marks and more inflammation. Adopt a healthy morning and evening skincare routine by washing your face with a mild cleanser and follow it up with oil-free lotion.

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