How Healthy Are You? 20 Multiple-Choice Questions to Keep You Well

How much exercise do you need? What lifestyle changes should you make? Test your health smarts with this quiz.

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With health news breaking fast and furiously, it's hard to know if you're making the best stay-well decisions. This quiz can help. It's designed to test your smarts on a number of topics that are essential to your health (and a few that are just handy to know). The answers and tips will help you separate fact from fiction and diminish your odds of developing certain illnesses.
Grab a sharpened No. 2 pencil, then circle the correct choice. Each question has only one right answer (no tricks). Once you’ve completed the quiz, go to the answers page to see how you did.

1. A recent fitness walk left you breathless, and you’ve been having trouble sleeping. You’ve also been dealing with an upset stomach and occasional dizziness. These could be symptoms of:

A. Depression.
 B. Heart disease.
 C. Diabetes.
 D. High blood pressure.
 E. All of the above.

2. What’s the leading cause of death for women?

A. Cancer.
 B. Heart disease.
 C. Stroke.
 D. Accidental injuries.
 E. Diabetes.

3. When should you have your first cholesterol screening?

A. At age 10.
 B. At age 20.
 C. At age 35.
 D. At age 40.
 E. It depends on your risk factors.

4. You’ve had yeast infections before, but in the past year they haven’t really gone away. This could be a sign of:

A. Diabetes.
 B. Emphysema.
 C. Stomach ulcers.
 D. Depression.
 E. Food allergies.

5. What lifestyle changes may reduce a woman’s risk of breast cancer?

A. Staying trim as an adult.
 B. Drinking a glass of red wine each day.
 C. Getting moderate to vigorous physical exercise regularly.
 D. A and C.
 E. There is little you can do to lower your chances of developing breast cancer.