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Are you age smart?
by Staff
Are you age smart? When it comes to aging, how much do you know? Test your knowledge with this quiz adapted from "YOU: The Owner's Manual", by Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Michael Roizen.

Which of the following ages you the least?

  • Smoking one pack of cigarettes a day
  • A HDL (good) cholesterol level of 29mg/dl
  • Consistently avoiding cleaning grout on your to-do list
  • Eating steak twice a week

What is the ideal blood pressure?

  • 115/76
  • Anything less that 140/90
  • Whatever the heck made George Burns live to 100
  • Depends on your family history

What is the ideal amount of aspirin you should take to decrease arterial aging?

  • Whatever it takes to cure a hangover
  • None; ibuprofen is better
  • Two or more baby aspirins or half a regular aspirin
  • One baby aspirin

What is the most revealing sign that you might have Alzeimer's-related dementia?

  • You constantly forget where you put your keys
  • What was the question again?
  • You can't recognize information that someone told you five minutes ago
  • You forget that you told the same story to you co-workers last week

What's the best kind of crossword puzzle you can do for your brain?

  • What ever's available on the back of the toilet at the time
  • One you can finish
  • One you can't finish
  • I don't know, but I'm looking for an eight-letter insulin secretor starting with a p and ending with an s.

In menopause, what is the major thing that happens?

  • The ovaries signal they only have a few eggs left
  • A women loses her ability to have sustained levels of growth hormone and estrogen
  • A women's sexual drive decreases
  • Husbands seek shelter from pan flinging

Which of the following is true about the bone condition osteoporosis?

  • It's the leading cause of most hip fractures in women but not men
  • It's more common in larger people because they have more bone mass
  • The risks are reduced with lunges, squats, vitamin D and calcium in both men and women
  • It causes aches and pains

Which of the following is true about the joint condition osteoarthritis?

  • It's found in 85 percent of people over the age 85
  • It's something you don't need to worry about until you're 85
  • It's made worse by cracking your knuckles
  • It's made better by swimming

What is the most common hormone abnormality in people older than 60?

  • Hypothyroidism
  • Diabetes
  • Testosterone deficiency
  • Loss of sex drive (aka Brad-Pittuitary deficiency)

Which of the following is true about hormones?

  • More is better
  • Plant hormones are natural
  • All decrease as you age
  • Most over-the-counter hormone supplements are shams