Publications everywhere are talking about AGEs

shutterstock_131496704At the AGE Foundation, we’ve informed you of a large variety of advanced glycation end-product (AGE) stories in the media from a wide variety of sources. However, there are a number of other mentions of AGEs in the media that we don’t cover.

For example, while we focus on articles about AGEs, sometimes there are articles about other topics that nevertheless have brief mentions of AGEs. The following are some recent examples of these types of articles.

The Express Tribune: The Express Tribune is the first internationally affiliated newspaper in Pakistan and a partner with The International New York Times – the global edition of The New York Times. Recently, this publication featured an article about kidney disease. According to the article, about 10,000 people in the Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa die of kidney failure each year.

The article used Dr. Sultan Zafar, head of the Institute of Kidney Diseases, as a source. According to the article, Zafar said that AGEs are partly to blame for kidney failure:

“The doctor added hypertension, lead exposure, smoke, dyslipidemia, diabetes, atherosclerotic diseases, presence of inflammatory markers, increased levels of advance glycation end-products and obesity are the main reasons for kidney diseases.”

Huffington Post: In an article about wrinkles and aging, the Huffington Post discussed various ways for people to have younger-looking skin. Among the various bits of advice was the following:

“When sugar enters your bloodstream, it creates advanced glycation end products, or AGEs, which damage proteins in your body. Among those proteins are collagen and elastin, the things that give your skin [its] elasticity and fullness. Once damaged, you’re left with not only wrinkles and sags, but dullness. What’s worse is that the AGEs also attack your [body’s] antioxidants, making you more susceptible to sun damage.”

The Source: Would you believe that a rap publication mentioned AGEs? Well, it’s true! The Source covers hip-hop music, politics and culture, but also recently featured an article about fasting. It stated:

“Fasting can be a useful tool in maintaining good health. Like any machine that runs constantly, occasional breaks or periods of rest are helpful. It is the same with the human body. Using intermittent fasting can give you digestive system a much needed break. In a society where fat and calorie dense meals are common place, Madelyn Fernstrom, PhD, CNS states that ‘the excess calories Americans eat shorten their lives.’ Dr. Fernstrom also asserts that ‘you see a buildup of waste products in the cells- AGE[s] (advanced glycation end products) that build up in cellular tissues and lead to atherosclerosis, aging, diabetes, nerve damage, and the deterioration of organs. Along with improving your overall diet, fasting is one solution to that buildup of AGE[s] because fasting allows the body to most effectively remove these waste products.’”

The Hindu: We already mentioned a Pakistani publication that mentioned AGEs, and the harmful compounds are also being written about by Pakistan’s neighbor, India.

In an article detailing poor choices that make us look older, The Hindu discouraged against smoking and insufficient amounts of sleep, among other things. These also happen to fall in line with advice from AGE experts. But The Hindu didn’t stop there, as it specifically brought up AGEs when talking about sweets:

“When you consume sugars, they are converted to glucose in your body and enter the blood stream, where they search out and [attack] to skin proteins. [Attached], they form new molecules called advanced glycation end products or AGEs. The more sugar consumed, the more AGEs you create and these AGEs mess up with your body collagen and elastin, which help maintain your skin’s firmness and elasticity.”

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