Friday, November 1, 2013

Sugar causes premature aging

For those of you with a sweet tooth, it is hard to avoid those bags of leftover Halloween candy. Before you dig in, let this thought marinate for a few minutes. When you eat sugar, your body triggers a process called GLYCATION. Glycation occurs when sugar in your bloodstream attaches to proteins, forming harmful molecules called advanced glycation end products. AGE's are the end result of a chain of chemical reactions involved in the initial glycation reaction, they are also known for their formation into Diabetes - but also occur in other disease processes.

The more sugar you eat, the more AGEs you develop. As AGEs accumulate they damage adjacent protiens in a domino-like fashion. The most vulnerable protein harmed by AGEs is collagen and elastin. These are two protein fibers that keep your skin firm and elastic. In fact, collagen is the most prevalent protein in your body. Once AGEs damage collagen, they become brittle, sagging, dry and start the process of premature aging. 

The damage from a high sugar diet starts for most adults around the age of 35 and increase rapidly after that. This is one of the many reasons getting older really sucks, we just cannot eat the things we want to. 

These studies on sugar and skin damage have been published in the British Journal of Dermatology


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