Media continues to educate readers about AGEs

1This time of the year is synonymous with education, since the new school year has started. Well, even if you aren’t in school anymore, there’s still the opportunity to receive a vital education in AGEs thanks to all the media coverage about these harmful compounds.

We’ve collected a sample of AGE articles from around the Internet:

Eat right, beauty (Deccan Herald): “Certain foods are bad for your skin and can make you look haggard and old. Fried, greasy, sugary foods, foods made of refined flour, foods that lack vegetables and fruits, and a diet that is largely dependent on pasta, bread and butter spells doom for your beauty.

Why? Because these impair the function of collagen (an important factor that renders youthful appearance to your skin and keeps it bouncy and elastic) and break it down. In fact, certain foods trigger an inflammatory response across the body, which results in generation[s] of AGEs (advanced glycation end products), which actually age the skin.

AGEs, themselves, are inflammatory products, and after all, the process of ageing is a chronic inflammatory condition.

So AGEs add fuel to fire and more age to your skin.”

High Fructose Corn Syrup vs. Sugar: What’s The Difference? (Stack): “Due to its stickiness, sugar also increases a process called ‘glycation,’ which results in small molecules sticking together. These molecules, called advanced glycation end-products (AGEs), are implicated in diseases of aging.”

10 easy anti-ageing tips every beauty addict should know (Cosmopolitan): “A diet high in sugar accelerates the process of glycation which ages skin. Mica Engel of London’s Waterhouse Young Clinic explains in Sweet Nothing by Nicole Mowbray, ‘Glycation is when excess glucose from the blood-stream binds to the skin’s “youth proteins” (the collagen and elastin that makes youthful complexions appear so plump and doughy) and instead turns them brittle and stiff.’ This caramelisation process kisses baby faces goodbye. Swap sugar-laden treats for anti-ageing antioxidants such as dark berries, avocados and green juices.”

Making Old Bones New Again (Rensselaer): “Bones are constantly being remodeled within the human body. Cells produce acids and proteases to break down minerals and proteins in the bone, which are then resorbed into the body. At the same time, to compensate for the resorbed tissue, bones are fortified through chemical deposition and mineralization. This ongoing remodeling process slows down as cells are unable to fully remove bone containing sugary impurities called advanced glycation end-products, or AGEs, which form naturally in proteins. AGEs can modify surrounding tissue, rendering bone proteins unable to be resorbed back into the body. Over time, this leads to the bone becoming increasingly more fragile.

Bone remodeling slows with age, meaning AGEs accumulate at a great rate as we grow older. Individuals with diabetes, certain types of osteoporosis, or metabolic bone diseases are also known to have above-average AGE content. Higher concentrations of AGEs make these groups more susceptible to bone fracture and longer healing time for bone injuries.”

Save your skin (Bangalore Mirror): “Sugar, in all of its forms — high fructose corn syrup, cane sugar — breaks down good proteins, leading to advanced glycation end products (AGE). AGE makes the proteins in the collagen and hair stiff and hard, thus speeding up skin ageing and making hair brittle. Instead you can take in natural sugars found in fruits and vegetables which are high in anti-inflammatory antioxidants.”


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