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What is your Real Age?

Posted Friday, February 22, 2008, at 7:12 PM

My daughter recently persuaded me to take the Real Age test which Oprah has on her website. According to Dr. Oz, the results of the test can tell you whether your health habits are making you older or younger than you really are.

Since my daughter has begun a Let's-bring-Mom-into-the-current-century campaign (which involves throwing away all my mismatched Tupperware and eliminating all the outdated clothes from my closet) I decided to co-operate with her on this Real Age idea.

Several years ago, I took a couple of similar tests - an online "Death Test" and a Newsweek longevity test. However, I didn't give much credence to these exercises - especially the Death Test, which had some really kinky sex questions, obviously designed to attract a certain young, immature reader.

I also find these recent figures less than credible, as Dr. Oz's test registers me at 58.2, instead of my true 66.1. I see several flaws in the statistics which his test questions reveal. However, it gave me an interesting evening's diversion and a few good laughs to share with my sister and some of my friends.

I can't remember all the questions, but here are a few of the good habits which they revealed: Both my parents lived to age 84; no one in my immediate family has or had uterine cancer or breast cancer; no one in my immediate family has or had heart disease; I always wear a seat belt; I've had a pneumonia shot; I have a low resting heart rate; though I have high blood pressure and high cholesterol, I control them with medication; I eat five or more servings of veggies per day; I eat lots of fruit; I don't eat red meat; I eat fish several times a week; I have cats, dogs and "others" (goats); I have more than five friends whom I see each week; I don't smoke or live with a smoker (anymore); I get some exercise (feeding the goats); I have a college education; I drive the speed limit.

Some of my bad habits, as revealed by the test are: I'm carrying too much extra weight; I don't have a regular weight-lifting program; I don't get enough overall exercise; I have high blood pressure and high bad cholesterol; I talk on the cell phone while driving.

As part of my new program, I purchased a new Pilates Starter Kit several weeks ago. It includes a big exercise ball, a stretch band, and an instructional DVD. My first step was to blow up the ball. Today I actually sat on the couch and WATCHED the DVD... Now, the next step will be to sit on the ball to see if it can hold me up. If I succeed in that step, I may actually try some of the moves.

As for my very fit daughter, she registered two years younger than she actually is, but she was still told to eat more vegetables and get a dog! Her 24-year-old super-fit boyfriend had a "Real Age" of 14!

If you're feeling daring, you can check out the Real Age test at www.realage.com, but be prepared to spend some time there, and have the following items on hand: 1) Your blood pressure; 2) your resting heart rate; 3) your vitamin composition; 4) your cholesterol. If you don't know all the figures, you can just click on "high" or "low."

From the icy hills of Tillman, this is your 58.2-age rural journalist, signing off for Feb. 25, 2008.

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M.D. this test has me in a state of shock. Who knew some of the things we do (without knowing better) could take so much away from our life. You're lucky to have gotten such an age. I'm 27.4, with a RealAge of 36.1. Of course, my smoking has a GREAT deal to do with that. I've never had my cholesterol checked, so they considered that bad, but I don't think I should have mine checked yet when I'm only 27. There has been a high rate of lung cancer in my family, but not of any that they mentioned.

So, the doctor's have it. Did the results of this test bother me? Yes, very much so. Will I do anything about it? That I'm not so sure of. I'm a procrastinator, and I swear I have ADD with the way I start tasks and move on to another one before that one's done. So I may or may not accomplish anything positive. We shall see I guess.

-- Posted by mrsdolphin on Sat, Feb 23, 2008, at 10:33 PM

I'd like to know what TOENAIL FUNGUS has to do with our Real Age??!!!

-- Posted by goat lady on Sun, Feb 24, 2008, at 6:42 AM
Madeline Dejournett's response:
Mrsdolphin, we can always count on you for a response! How neat that you actually took the test! I think it's an interesting health tool to help us evaluate our everyday choices.

As for the toenail fungus, I haven't researched that topic, but maybe it has the same sort of effect as the dental flossing. I've read that peridontal disease can affect our hearts. Maybe toenail fungus has some sort of periferal effect on our bodies.

Ms Mad,

I have a couple of Pilates dvd's; and it's a very good program, but you'll probably find that you need to do something aerobic, also. Pilates does make me feel better and more limber.

-- Posted by gardengirl on Mon, Feb 25, 2008, at 9:42 AM
Madeline Dejournett's response:
I was afraid of that! It looked a little too easy! Still, I think the stretching will help. (If I ever get around to doing it!) I also saw some dance/exercise programs advertised on TV this last weekend. That looks like a LOT of fun! That counts as aerobics, doesn't it?

I used to exercise with Richard Simmons (Well, on TV, of course....He didn't come to my house..!) He was a hoot!

-- Posted by goat lady on Mon, Feb 25, 2008, at 4:58 PM

I still have some Richard Simmons videos somewhere. Maybe I should find them and try doing that again. Some of them are pretty silly, but at least I'd be doing something.

-- Posted by Ducky on Tue, Feb 26, 2008, at 12:24 PM

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Madeline (Giles) DeJournett is the Advance writer for the North Stoddard Countian. A retired high school English/history teacher, she spent 32 years teaching in 5 schools in Missouri and Alaska. These days, she lives quietly with a menagerie of wild and domestic animals on 52 secluded acres in the remote Tillman hills south of Advance. She graduated from Dexter High School in 1960 and Southeast Missouri State in 1964. She can be contacted at advancensc@sbcglobal.net.
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