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5 health tests you can take online

Let’s face it: none of us are getting any younger. That’s why we’ve been telling you a lot about technology that helps you maintain good health.

There are new and amazing fitness trackers on the way, and there are smartwatches with fitness tracking and fitness apps for your phone that make sure you’re staying active and in good shape. Tap or click here to see how we compare the latest smartwatches from Apple, Samsung, Fitbit and Fossil.

But do you know what kind of shape you’re really in?

With help from the internet, you can gauge your health status at a glance. We’ve come up with a list of five sites that can help you benchmark your overall health, including one that’s been taken by more than 40 million people. There are tests for your heart, eyes and general well-being.

Note: These online quizzes are not suitable replacements for a doctor’s opinion.

1. Are you at risk for heart disease?

According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the leading cause of death around the world. By the year 2030, it could be accountable for 23.6 million deaths each year.

There is good news, though. From 2003 to 2013, the death rates have fallen nearly 38%. Let’s keep that number going down and learn about what you can do to help your heart. Start by checking out The Mayo Clinic’s Heart Disease Risk Calculator.

Just enter basic information about your health and you’ll get a personalized action plan to reduce your risk of getting heart disease.

2. What do you know about your blood pressure?

Understanding your blood pressure and where it needs to be isn’t something that’s on the top of everyone’s to-do list. But understanding what it is, what it does and what it needs to do is something you need to know regarding your overall cardiovascular health.

That’s why The American Heart Association has put together the High Blood Pressure IQ quiz to test your blood pressure knowledge.

It’s a quick quiz with only five questions, and should take you under five minutes to complete. Submit your answers to see if you’re as knowledgeable as you should be. Don’t worry, after taking the quiz, there will be an explanation of the answers. This way you can learn something new.

3. Test your vision

Can you see properly? Even if you already wear glasses, it could be time for a new prescription or lenses. One way to tell before you head to the optometrist is with one of the many Essilor Eye Tests.

You can see if you have Myopia or hyperopia, test both your near and far vision, find out if you could have astigmatism or self-diagnose yourself with daltonism. The tests are quick and easy to take and can help you understand your eyesight a little better.

4. Color vision test

According to colourblindawareness.com, an estimated 8% of men are colorblind, and about 0.5% of women are colorblind. While there is no cure or treatment, you can determine if you need to talk to your eye doctor about colorblindness. You can start that process by giving yourself a color vision test.

It’s easy to take. Simply look at circles and try to determine what number is shown within them. To start, tap or click here.

Note: No matter what your results are, make sure to consult your eye doctor for a more in-depth exam.

5. What’s your real age?

Just how old are you really? There could be a difference between how old you actually are and how old your body thinks you are, but which is your “real” age?

To take the test, you’ll need to provide some personal information and create an account. This includes your name, email address, gender and ZIP code.

Once your account is created, you’ll be able to take the RealAge Test. You can skip the first screen, but to continue, you’ll need to dedicate approximately 20 minutes to fill out the questionnaire about your personal and family medical history, diet, exercise habits, sleeping patterns, behaviors and existing conditions.

The RealAge test will then analyze the given data and tell you your “real” age. For example, if you’re 35 and get a score of 30, you’ve got the health of someone five years younger than the average 35-year-old.

You’ll also get a customized plan to “get younger,” whether that involves cutting out stress or changing a few of your eating habits, the suggestions are designed to get you feeling your best.

If you’d like more health and wellness information, tap or click here for some mental well-being apps. And tap or click here for five of Google’s digital well-being apps.

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