We all know that too much sugar in your diet has terrible effects on your health, leading to obesity, diabetes and heart disease. But did you know sugar it is also responsible for accelerating the ageing process? Read on to find out how sugar causes ageing.
Sugar is pretty hard to avoid, it’s in almost everything we eat.
Processed foods such as sweets, chocolate, soft drinks, alcohol, pastries, cakes, are normally crammed full of sugar. But sugar is abundant in lots of food including those foods might normally think of as healthier options.
Foods High In Sugar
- Yogurt and low fat yogurt
- Breakfast cereals
- Fruit juice
- Dried fruit
- Low fat diet foods
- Sauces like Ketchup, BBQ, Salad dressings
- Meat rubs and Marinades
Sugar comes in many disguises, food companies are very clever in how they list sugar in a food’s ingredients list. Hiding the total amount of sugar by listing it under several different names. Even for the most savvy shopper, who likes to read their food labels, can be caught out.
10 Names Used to Hide Sugar
- Corn Syrup
- Agave Nectar
- Fruit Juice Concentrate
- Blackstrap Molasses
Shocking right?? Now you know what to look out for when you are next in the supermarket.
How does sugar accelerate ageing?
Wrinkles are a part of life as we get older, but most of us want to stay looking as young as possible for as long as possible. So they old saying “we are what we eat” has never been more true.
Excess sugar directly affects your skin by a process called Glycation. Glycation damages Collagen and Elastin (proteins that keep you skin firm) and speeds up ageing,
When we eat a diet high in sugar, glucose reacts with proteins in your body and produces toxic molecules called Advanced Glycation Endproducts (AGEs).
AGEs have been found to have a direct link to the ageing process. Plus Glycation is accelerated when coupled with exposure to sunlight!
A Diet High In Sugar Causes:
Lines and Wrinkles
Loose and Sagging Skin
Inflammation / Redness
Breakouts and Acne
So now you know sugar can make you age faster, its a good reason to cut back on the white stuff.
If you would like to know more about Gycation and how we can treat this; or if you would like to find out how you can slow the ageing process using the latest aesthetic treatments, give us a call.