Did you know that sugar can make you look older?

July27

Everyone knows that sugar is one of the biggest if not the biggest obstacle when it comes to controlling weight. But it’s also a major, and often underestimated, factor in aging, thanks to glycation.

Glycation is a process in which oxidized glucose covers the surface of proteins in the body, such as collagen, making them work less efficiently. New Jersey-based plastic surgeon Dr. Vincent Giampapa says “the visible effects of glycation are premature wrinkles, puffy-looking skin, inflammation of the skin, and excess body fat near the waistline.”

Apparently, when blood sugar rises, sugar attaches itself to collagen fibers in our skin making them more brittle. This makes the skin less elastic and resilient. So your youthful looking skin begins to look saggy and old. Not only this, but a rise in blood sugar can also cause inflammation in the tissue, which also results in accelerated aging. Not to mention the fact that sugar is also linked with things like weight gain, lack of concentration, mood swings, irritability, and depression.

Obviously, reducing sugar-intake can curb this effect. Aside from checking how many grams of sugar a food item has in the Nutrition Facts section of its label, look in the ingredients for words like fructose, corn syrup, glucose, dextrose, maltose and sucrose. These are all other names for sugar and sugary ingredients, so do your best to limit or avoid them.

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