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.”


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thumb_5E6822C7B45A4EC39A4EE01F9CB164CETwo studies suggest a link between AGEs (advanced glycation end-products) and the development of atherosclerosis – the buildup of fats, cholesterol and other substances in and on the artery walls.


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AGE awareness dayJune 21 marks the third annual AGE Awareness Day! AGE Awareness Day is a day dedicated to increasing awareness of AGEs and the harmful effect they have on the human body.

AGE Awareness Day wasn’t launched on June 21 by accident. The AGE Foundation specifically chose that day because it is the summer solstice – the longest day of the year. It symbolizes how properly managing your AGEs can help you live a longer, healthier life.


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donutsA recent study published in The FASEB Journal found that eating high inflammatory foods can increase AGE levels and the death risk from breast cancer.

The study conducted by Dr. Fred Tabung at the University of South Carolina was based on data from 117,510 postmenopausal women at risk of breast cancer. The participants were followed for 12.3 years during which 5,889 were diagnosed with breast cancer and 406 died.


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raw meatFor decades, scientists have warned about the dangerous carcinogens associated with grilled foods, but a new study revealed another reason to be wary of overcooking.

The study, completed by the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital, showed that a diet high in glycotoxins called advanced glycation end-products (AGEs) – found in high-concentration in well-done meat – is a risk factor in developing age-related dementia.


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women looking in mirrorAGEs naturally build up in our bodies over time, but diet and lifestyle choices can accelerate AGE accumulation and affect how quickly AGE damage manifests itself, including how quickly the effects can be seen on our skin.

Two recent articles explain how eating too much sugar increases the formation of AGEs and causes premature aging.


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StupidVeggieXmasThe holiday season is heavily associated with feasting on delicious food, but according to a new Cosmos article, we should also use this time to focus on good dietary health.

Cosmos is a literary science magazine published in Australia but sold internationally, and its website accumulates two million page views monthly. On December 1, the website posted the article “Season of good cheer – and guilt,” which was written by Norman Swan.


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shutterstock_152698421Halloween and an overabundance of sweets are synonymous, but all those sweets could lead a truly scary situation – aging skin – according to a Scientific American article titled “Trick or treat … and wrinkles?

Julianne Wyrick, the author of the article, wrote:

“Mothers across the nation will likely be warning their costume-clad youngsters that they’ll ‘feel sick’ if they eat too much of the candy they collect tonight [on Halloween]. What they may not mention is that foods that raise blood sugar can also cause wrinkles, an effect dermatologist Rajani Katta calls ‘sugar sag.’”


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GrossLookingFastFoodAccording to Food Consumer, scientists at the Universitair Ziekenhuis Brussel in Brussels, Belgium conducted a review and confirmed that advanced glycation end-products (AGEs) contribute to various health issues.

Food Consumer is an online food, diet and health news outlet. It addressed the scientists’ findings in a recent article titled “Advanced glycation end products linked to chronic inflammation.”


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shutterstock_134323481Daily Life, a website with news and lifestyle content for Australian women, is among the many different media sources to write about advanced glycation end-products. It did so in its recent article “How to stay youthful, inside and out,” which was written by Paula Goodyer.

Goodyer wrote:

“We might think of Botox and cosmetic repair jobs as the big guns in the anti-ageing armoury, but how about a different approach – like picking up a set of dumb bells and putting down that bag of chips? There’s growing evidence that what we do to boost our health on the inside can improve how we look on the outside too.”


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GirlChoppingTomatoIf you want to improve your health and appearance, various media sources have some advice for you: lower your advanced glycation end-product (AGE) levels.

More and more AGE-related articles have been popping up online in all regions of the world and on websites covering all sorts of topics. The following are some notable recent mentions of AGEs in the media.


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Skin Inc. describes itself as the leading industry publication for the professional skin care industry, and of course, one cannot be the leader in skin care without knowing all about advanced glycation end-products.

shutterstock_111283052Thus, Skin Inc. recently discussed AGEs in multiple articles. The company publishes a magazine for skin care facility owners and managers, and also features a weekly e-newsletter and a comprehensive website. Skin Inc. previously featured an AGE-related article in the November issue of its magazine last year.

As for its most recent AGE articles, the first was titled, “Clients With Tired, Puffy Eyes? Top Tips to More Youthful Eye Contours!


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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.


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shutterstock_165369422It’s time for another roundup of AGE-related articles that have appeared online recently! These come from various parts of the world (the United States, United Kingdom and India) and from a variety of different sources.

The Strong Body, Strong Mind Connection (Before It’s News): “The control of blood sugar levels through the regular participation in exercise programs can also prevent advanced glycation end-products (AGEs) from forming. These AGE molecules can damage nerve cells and the connections between them, making normal brain function less likely.”


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OlderWomanTouchingFaceBig names in the world of media continue to validate what we know about advanced glycation end-products (AGEs), with Time being the latest media outlet to throw its hat into the ring (read about some other major media sources covering AGEs here).

Time has the world’s largest circulation of any weekly news magazine, with a readership of approximately 25 million. Its website just posted an article by Kiera Aaron titled “6 Foods That Can Age Your Skin.” It is a condensed version of an article titled “14 Foods That Make You Look Older,” which originally appeared on Health.com.


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MagazinePileWant more proof that advanced glycation end-products are being recognized by more and more media outlets? AGEs continue to pop up in articles, blogs and news segments all over the place (like we wrote about here, here and here), and we’ve got another batch of articles to show you.

They come from a variety of sources, including Yahoo!’s Malaysian entertainment website, an online resource for inspiration and spirituality, an organization centered around integrative medicine, a Pakistani newspaper and website, and a beauty and wellness website.

Bacon Gives You Wrinkles: And Six Other Foods That Make You Age (Yahoo! Malaysia Entertainment): “It’s sad news for all the BBQ fans out there, but it turns out BBQs can make you age prematurely. Why? Well, when we cook our meat using dry heat (this includes barbequing) we produce more Advanced Glycation End products (also known as AGEs) in the foods we are cooking. AGEs speed up the ageing process. So, if you want youthful skin, skip the alfresco dining.”


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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.”


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stack of toastAGE-related articles have been popping up in the media in countries all over the world lately, and now Malaysia can be added to that list.

The Star Online recently featured an article about advanced glycation end-products titled “Beware the Maillard baddies,” which was written by Chris Chan.

The Star is Malaysia’s second-largest English newspaper and has a daily circulation of nearly 300,000. Meanwhile, its website – The Star Online – is among the most popular news sites in the country.

The “Maillard baddies” the article referred to are foods that are products of the Maillard reaction. This reaction takes place when food is fried, grilled, baked or toasted, producing a darkening effect. Examples of this are when bread is baked or toasted, or meat is charred on a grill.


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Grocery vegetablesBritish publication Daily Mail has been no stranger to advanced glycation end-products, having written a series of articles about them. Now they’ve written another, this one focusing on a new low-AGE diet.

This most recent article, “How you could eat your way to younger skin in 28 days,” was written by Louise Atkinson. She focused on the new book “Younger Skin in 28 Days,” written by nutritionist and skin specialist Karen Fischer. The book presents a 28-day diet for taking years off one’s appearance and improving their overall health.


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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.


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shutterstock_3141845In the recent article “Three worst food mistakes you can make for your skin,” the Oye! Times warned readers about Advanced Glycation End-products and their damaging effect on the skin.

Columnist Aaliya Imtiaz highlighted sugary foods, beverages, and starchy and superior glycemic food items as things in our diet that can harm our skin.

Starting with sugary foods, she stated that foods that are packed with refined carbohydrates and sugar cause blood sugar levels to spike and cause chronic inflammation in the body. This rapid spike damages collagen and elastin – the connective tissue that keeps the skin supple and firm – in a process called glycation, she wrote.

“Whenever you intake sugary foods like chocolates, candies, ice cream, processed foods and condiments, the digested sugar attaches to your collagen in the skin permanently.

“Glycation can worsen your skin conditions. The sugary foods stimulate the production of oil in the skin and pore clogging skin cells shed faster. Research has also revealed that sugar loaded diets encourage premature aging and fine lines. If you are concerned with premature aging then consider the replacement of sugary and processed carbs with fresh vegetables.”


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1394879597_todays-dietitian-march-2014-1The March issue of Today’s Dietitian featured an article on AGEs, and cited the AGE Foundation and multiple members of its Advisory Board.

Titled “Advanced Glycation End Products,” the article was written by Lori Zanteson. Today’s Dietitian is a monthly magazine for nutrition professionals, and according to its website, has a circulation of 40,000 and a readership of 110,000.

Zanteson wrote:

“It’s well-known that overeating and obesity can lead to insulin resistance, triggered by chronically elevated oxidative stress and chronic inflammation. Recent evidence has found that excessive consumption of advanced glycation end products (AGEs), harmful compounds that stem from cooking foods at high temperatures and accumulate in the body as people age, are a major cause of this inflammation that can increase the risk of insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes.”


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Uribarri 2The website for Channel 9 News in Denver (9NEWS.com) recently featured an article on AGEs and aging, using a study from the AGE Foundation Advisory Board’s Dr. Jaime Uribarri as a source.

The article, “Limit AGEs to Slow Aging,” discussed what is truly in our control when it comes to slowing down the signs of aging. It referenced the report “Advanced glycation end products in foods and a practical guide to their reduction in the diet,” written by Dr. Uribarri, among others.


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junkfoodOur skin can look younger if we avoid certain unhealthy foods, according to a recent Jewish World Review article.

Gretel H. Schueller’s article “Turn back time by avoiding these foods that age your skin” stated that while wrinkles are a natural part of aging, that doesn’t mean we can’t do anything to prevent them.

Schueller wrote:

“While plenty of us spend lots of money on creams and cleansers, the best place to find anti-aging products is in your grocery store or garden. What we eat is just as important–if not more so–as what we slather on our skin.

“Nourishing our skin from the inside out can help beat the clock. And just as some foods can help slow the effect of time, other foods can speed up our skin’s aging process, contributing to wrinkles and sagging.”


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A group of recent Daily Mail articles – written by the co-authors of an anti-sugar book – focused on the negative health effects of sugar, including Advanced Glycation End-products.

Dermatologist Patricia Farris and nutritionist Brooke Alpert first teamed up to write “The Sugar Detox,” a book designed to help people improve their health through a three-day detox plan to get sugar out of one’s system.


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shutterstock_116018326A recent Natural Society article titled “8 Foods that Speed Up Ageing While Promoting Sickness” encouraged readers to avoid certain foods should they want to age gracefully and avoid illness.

Author Paul Fassa wrote:

“Eating what’s quick, convenient, and tasty may fit your lifestyle for now, but you may be subjecting yourself to progressively worsening health. If you don’t shift to a healthier diet, someday sooner rather than later you’ll be a young person in an old person’s body, wondering what happened.”


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By: Pat Baird, AGE Advisory Board

shutterstock_141950908As a dietitian, I am very conscious of how the foods we eat and the way we prepare them help determine the levels of Advanced Glycation End-products (AGEs) in our bodies. It’s important that everyone learns how to lower their AGE levels through their diet, and my goal is to help others accomplish that.

But AGEs are not solely a result of our diet. They are also a result of our lifestyle.

Inactivity is a key AGE accelerator. Without enough exercise, our AGE levels will climb higher and higher. We use protein and sugar when we exercise for energy and recovery, but when we are inactive, our bodies do not use that protein and sugar for their intended function. Instead, the excess protein and sugar combine to form harmful AGEs inside our bodies.


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By: Pat Baird, AGE Advisory Board

shutterstock_113341153Diets and weight loss are always a hot topic, but even more so this time of year as people strive to keep their recent New Year’s resolutions. But reaching and maintaining a healthy weight is always important, as doing so will improve a number of important health markers, including the control of your Advanced Glycation End-product (or AGE) levels.

I can certainly appreciate the need for a healthy diet, as nutrition is at the heart of everything I do. Allow me to make a couple suggestions for you to follow not just for the New Year, but throughout your life.

First, cut down on sugar. Excessive consumption of processed foods leads to an overabundance of sugar in our body, which in turn leads to increased AGE levels. AGEs prematurely age our bodies and diminish our appearance, all while leading to a wide variety of other health concerns.


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shutterstock_132141794AGEs have been gaining attention all around the world, and recent AGE Foundation blogs have highlighted AGE articles or studies from England, South Africa, Denmark and Italy. AGE awareness exists Down Under as well, as evidenced by an article that was recently published in Australia.

Titled “Skin SOS,” the article appeared on Cosmetic Beauty, a website dedicated to cosmetic surgery and beauty.

Author Caitlin Bishop wrote:

“It’s easy to tell when your skin sends out an SOS. Your once clear complexion may have erupted in a seemingly unstoppable outbreak of acne; it may appear red and flushed or dry and cracked. Too long spent in the sun might have fast tracked your path to fine lines and wrinkles, and pigmentation may be starting to rear its head. Here, we get to know some of the most common skin concerns, investigating the causes, symptoms and cures.”


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TruAge_ScannerMail Online, website for British newspaper Daily Mail, recently featured an article about Advanced Glycation End-products and a scanner capable of measuring them. The scanner’s technology was developed by Dr. Andries Smit, a member of the AGE Foundation’s Advisory Board.

Written by Bianca London, the article is titled “Is your roast chicken giving you wrinkles? New scanner reveals damage caused by baking and frying food.”


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