sugar and aging put down that doughnut

Sugar And Aging – Put Down That Doughnut!

sugar and aging put down that doughnutWho doesn’t love a big piece of cake or a doughnut for breakfast? By now, I am sure most of you know that too much sugar isn’t good for you, but can sugar intake cause premature signs of aging? I am here to answer this question for you. Before you eat that ice cream read this post about sugar and aging.

Sugar Can Cause Aging

As I was researching this topic, I located a study done in 2010 on the effects of sugar and aging. Bottom line here, sugar causes advanced glycation, which basically means that sugar you digest can attach to the proteins in the body and skin causing new molecules to form called advanced glycation end products or AGES.

This attaches to the collagen in the skin and we already lose collagen as we age, but sugar may speed up this process. Collagen is important for our skin and body such as our joints. When sugar is elevated, this process is further stimulated by UV rays, we should already be wearing sunscreen daily anyway, but this is just another reason it is so important.

Glycation also has an effect on aging our hearts, vascular system, our eyes and kidneys. In the skin you’ll see the signs of glycation such as fine lines, discoloration, wrinkles and age spots.

How To Prevent Glycation

Now that we know how sugar causes aging, what can we do about it? Well first of all we have to look at our diets. Americans consume more than 50% of their calories from refined sugar, such as white bread, pasta, prepackaged foods, and sweets.

We obviously need to cut these down or completely out. Our bodies were not made to process these foods. Earlier generations never ate cake, donuts, and cookies or anything else high in sugar and fats. These foods cause glycation by causing a buildup of unwanted waste products in our cells.

The sugar in fruit is different from the refined sugar we see today, although you should always try to limit any type of sugar intake, but fruit also has added nutrients to help our bodies digest these AGES and flush them out of our systems. The best way to prevent glycation is through our daily diets and supplements.

Antioxidants and anti-inflammatories are very important to preventing glycation and preventing free radicals. Blueberries are the best for preventing inflammation and block the aging from the sun. CoQ10 is also an important supplement to your diet. Here I have an article on the best foods to eat for anti aging.

Can Glycation Be Reversed?

The great news here is that glycation that causes aging can be reversed. The power peptide Hexapeptide-3 promotes skin restructuring and repair. Collagen is the most abundant fiber, which is why it is so affected by glycation. Hexapeptide-3 is said to increase hydration in 1 hour.

Eating a healthy diet can also potentially reverse these effects. Exercise is also super important because it can give you better control of the amount of sugar in the blood both during and after, which reduces the chance for AGES to occur. There are also anti-glycation supplements you can take.

These supplements often contain ingredients from the plant world and have shown to have positive effects on the skin. Beta carotene, the ingredient found in carrots and sweet potatoes have been shown to reduce the effects of aging by the sun by blocking harmful UV rays.

These supplements also often contain powerful antioxidants to further prevent the formation of AGES. Another important thing to remember is to get adequate sleep. Not getting enough sleep can impair insulin sensitivity causing advanced glycation.

Try to limit stress because stress can free radicals and oxidative stress throughout our whole body, which is a key factor when it comes to aging. Stress also leads to raised levels of cortisol, which also degenerates collagen. Check your labels. Sugar seems to be in EVERYTHING.

Candy and sugar is pretty obvious, but check your labels on dressings, sauces, canned goods and prepackaged foods. If it is high in sugar and carbs stay away. Reach for protein rich foods and snacks and avoid snacking throughout the day on any sweets.

Following a low carb diet or keto can definitely help your body reverse or prevent glycation, you can lose fat this way too. Cut down on the barbecue. Barbecuing your foods can actually cause AGES in the food. Whenever you see seared or blackened foods your are looking at AGES and eating them you’re adding to what is already in your body.

Use sunscreen to block the harmful UV rays from causing AGES whether you’re inside or outside. Losing excess weight can decrease AGES. Watching your alcohol intake is so important also because alcohol increases the formation of AGES.

Lifting weights can also help because muscle consumes glucose so the more muscle you have the more glucose your body will take up. Researchers have shown that vitamin B1 and B6 can help inhibit the formation of AGES, so get a supplement for your diet. Another supplement that I take every day is L-Carnosine. This protects the body from AGES.

Final Thoughts

I always say we cannot stop the aging process, but we can slow down the signs of aging such as wrinkles, fine lines, discoloration, and sagging skin, by being mindful of how we treat our bodies in terms of diet and exercise and keeping a low stress lifestyle.

We can’t completely get rid of AGES, but we can prevent and reduce some AGES we already have going on in our bodies. We need to protect against glycation by eating antioxidant rich foods, and anti-inflammatory rich foods. Using an antioxidant serum before your moisturizer can be an added defense against oxidation and glycation.

Have you ever noticed aging from too much sugar? I would love to hear any thoughts or questions you may have so don’t hesitate to leave comments below. ( Links lead to Amazon )

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10 thoughts on “Sugar And Aging – Put Down That Doughnut!

  1. You have provided a very important message to everyone who has the desire to slow down their aging process, I am dedicated to a very strict diet and since changing my diet I feel like I have become younger despite being in my early 60’s now.

    Do you happen to know if the processed foods could contribute to how we age, I do my best to keep my diet with more natural foods than processed foods and I do feel this has improved my health a great deal over the past 5 years.

    Jeff

    1. Hey Jeff thanks for reading and taking the time to comment! Yes processed and pre-packaged foods definitely can speed up the aging process, so you are doing great for keeping a natural diet and since you feel great that is a true testament that how we eat contributes to how we age and feel as we age. Thanks again for stopping by!

  2. Hi, thanks for the helpful information. I knew sugar is bad for the health, but I didn’t know it can speed ageing, so it’s another reason to lower sugar consumption as much as possible.
    Indeed it seems these days sugar is in everything we eat! I personally try to avoid sweet foods, but have a hard time giving up on pasta!
    The most important thing is to keep a balanced diet, sleep well, exercise, and reduce stress.

    Michael

    1. Hi Michael and thanks for reading and commenting! Yes I cannot believe how many everyday things have sugar in them, sugar free is not much better such as foods with aspartame that stuff is like poison. Thanks again for stopping by!

  3. Hello! Thank you for this informative post! I knew about all the detrimental effects that sugar has on your health, but did not know its impact on your skin and aged appearance. What a motivation to make some changes… and perfect timing for the new year! I’m also glad to see that lifting weights helps as that is my preferred exercise!

    1. Thanks so much for taking time to comment! I always knew sugar was bad, what I did not know was that lifting weights can help. This is the perfect time of year like you said and I am glad you found my post informative! Thanks again for stopping by!

  4. I have not directly associate sugar consumption with the aging acceleration process.On the other hand it does not surprise me as everything should be consumed in moderation .I have heard people use to be addicted to sugar back in the day which seems plausible as it is easy to consume alot sugar because its taste and the way it stimulates the body when ingested. Thanks for the share

    1. Hi thanks for reading and taking the time to comment! Sugar is highly addictive still to this day and most people do not even realize how sugar affects our whole body. Thanks again for stopping by!

  5. Good article, informative.

    One suggestion would be to further identify more relevant products and/or explain the relevance to the article.

    I wasn’t sure why I would see a native ad for Retinol serum or Vitamin C serum at the end of this article.

    Overall, great job. Thank you. Corey

    1. Hi thanks so much for reading and commenting! I appreciate your suggestions and just wanted to add that the serums ad is there because it was an article about how sugar makes you age quicker and as I stated Vitamin C is just one of several of the antioxidants I mentioned that help stop oxidative damage to our skin, so the serums may help someone fight wrinkles and aging and clear up their skin. I would like to thank you for stopping by!

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