Matthew Nguyen, MD

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Matthew Nguyen, MD

Full Name: Matthew Thai-Khang Nguyen

Age: 29

Hometown: Orange, California

Specialty: Emergency Medicine 

Place of Practice: New York, NY

Why did you want to become a doctor? 

It's a long, not-so-thrilling story, but I always felt that I was pretty good at science. In addition to that, I wanted a job that was inherently a public service and would put me in a good position to support a family. It was just a good match, plain and simple. There you have it: the least dramatic answer to that question, ever.

What sets you apart from other doctors in your field? 

Well, I happen to think that I'm the funniest one of them all. Perhaps I'm a younger version of Ken Jeong? 

What are your 5 tips for living longer?

  1. Find something creative to pour yourself into. We often live such staid, regimented lives that we forget to do something expressive. Whether it's music, cooking or dance, find a creative outlet and make it your craft. Even if you don't think that you're the creative type, you'll find that you'll be better for it.
  2. For all this talk about enjoying the moment (which we should do), remember that you can play the long game, too. Invest yourself in others and, when you finally need it, you'll be able to take care of each other.
  3. Cultivate your happiness. Understand that your happiness is choice, rather than a circumstance.
  4. Laugh a lot, mostly at yourself.
  5. Consider not taking tips on living longer from a 29-year-old resident physician.

Will you ever feel comfortable in your own skin? That is, if you don't make an effort to protect it? Although 64% of adults do report wearing sunscreen when outside for prolonged periods of time, it turns out that only about 10% of people surveyed actually protect themselves daily, according to a recent review.

No matter what your skin tone is, unless you live in a cave with no sunlight, daily protection with either sunscreen, sunblock or protective clothing can not only protect you from developing sunburns (ouch!) but can significantly reduce your risk of developing skin cancer, particularly the deadliest type called melanoma. In addition, for those of you wanting to keep your youthful looks, daily sunscreen has been shown to reduce the development of wrinkles. A great teacher once told me that the best way to not have wrinkles is not to get them in the first place (think of how much money you can save on useless creams that claim to diminish wrinkles).

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