More AGEs in the media

NewspaperPileAGEs are everywhere! They’re in our food, in our bodies, and also in the media. And by media, we mean that they’re being written about by all sorts of publications around the world.

Whether they’re specifically all about advanced glycation end-products, or just feature brief mentions of glycation, it isn’t hard at all to find new articles mentioning AGEs.

So, below are just a small number of articles in recent months that mention AGEs.

These 4 Foods Will Dry Your Skin, Cause Wrinkles and Kill Cells (EmaxHealth): “When sugar gets inside [our] bodies, it attaches itself to other amino groups of the tissue proteins such as collagen and slowly turns them into advanced glycation end [products] (AGE). This is a major cause of damage to the body and risk of type 2 diabetes. As a result, healthy collagen fibers lose their elasticity and become rigid, more fragile and easily destroyed. This is where the sagging skin and wrinkles come from.”

Diabetes, mood swings and spare tires: The bittersweet truth about sugar (Metro): “A lifetime of sodas, cronuts and whatnot will accelerate age-related damage. ‘Sugar speeds up the breakdown of the protein fibres responsible for keeping the skin firm and elastic. Once these have been damaged, the skin takes on a more brittle, saggy appearance. This happens via a process known as ‘glycation,’ whereby sugar in your bloodstream attaches to proteins to form harmful new molecules called advanced glycation end products (AGEs).  The more sugar you eat, the more AGEs are produced and as these build up, they damage the proteins nearby,’ [Anne] Alexander tells us.”

‘5 Ways That Quitting Sugar Changed My Life’ (Women’s Health): “The first thing I—and everyone around me—noticed was my skin. It softened and evened out within two weeks of my quitting the white stuff. And believe it or not, I actually have fewer wrinkles now than I did five years ago. I even stopped wearing foundation because my skin looks so good. Why? Sugar reacts with proteins in our bodies, changing their structure to form advanced glycation end-products (AGEs), which accelerate the aging process. As a result, sugar makes collagen and elastin less supple, radiant, elastic, and resilient—and more susceptible to sun damage.”

Why the Apple Is One of the World’s Most Healing Superfoods (Epoch Times): “AGEs are associated with the oxidation of blood sugars, primarily. These sugars becomes caramelized when exposed to oxidants, and then binds to cell structures, e.g. fats/proteins, causing damage.”

It’s the ULTRA-FAST diet devised by a heart expert that slims midriffs by cutting out wheat (Mail Online): “The root cause of premature ageing lies in a chemical process called ‘glycation’. This occurs when blood-sugar levels become excessively high.

This forms compounds known as Advanced Glycation End products, or AGEs. These sticky brown compounds stiffen the otherwise elastic fibres in the skin, creating lines, blotches and wrinkles.”

5 Strategies for Vibrant, Healthy Summer Skin (Huffington Post): “You know sugar isn’t doing you any favors, and that especially proves true with your skin. Sugar attaches to the protein collagen in a process called glycosylation or glycation. ‘Glycation is what happens when sugar molecules glom onto protein molecules,’ says [Dr. Jonny] Bowden. ‘These sticky proteins gum up the works like cotton candy, and eventually creates AGEs (advanced glycation end products).’ One study in the journal Experimental Gerentology found that skin AGEs accumulation contributes to the loss of skin elasticity.”


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