Professionals Link Sugar Reduction to Better Skin

skin_detailHealth and wellness advocates everywhere are calling for a massive reduction in general sugar intake, but their reasoning has nothing to do with weight-loss. Instead, articles insist that sugar’s main crime is its detrimental effects on the skin.

In a fascinating article published by Yahoo! Health, dermatologist Jill Waibel, MD, discusses the link between sugar and AGEs, and AGEs affect on the skin. She says:

“Eating too much sugar causes, a process that occurs when your body has excessive amount of sugar. This affects the normal function of your cells as the excess sugar molecules join together with protein molecules to create products that are foreign to your body, also known as advanced glycation end products (AGEs). Theses AGEs affect collagen and elastin, causing them to break down. As a result, wrinkles and lines form on your face.”

Greatist, an online health publication, teamed up with several health professionals to provide 21 Good Reasons to Eat Less Sugar That Have Nothing to Do With Weight Loss. One such professional, Darria Long Gillespie, M.D., discussed how excess AGE exposure can cause skin to age more rapidly. In the article, Long Gillespie jokes about the irony of the acronym AGE:

“In this case, you truly are what you eat—it shows on your skin.”

Former model and current nutritionist Karen Fischer has based an entire lifestyle program around avoiding AGEs for better skin. Her book Younger Skin in 28 Days , which was featured on Elevate Magazine’s list of Anti-Aging Must-Reads, encourages low-heat cooking and minimal sugar intake.


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