Health 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.”
20 Aug 2015
Several years ago it was discovered that consumption of red meat caused an increased risk of pancreatic cancer in men. Most assumptions behind the correlation revolve around the existence of preservatives and carcinogens found in red meats.
To shed new light on the subject, Li Jiao conducted a study to find what exactly it was that caused an increased risk of cancer.
As if slowing the aging process and avoiding body-deteriorating habits weren’t enough motivation to stay away from AGEs, more and more scientists are finding a connection between these harmful metabolic byproducts and serious mental illnesses.
The presence of AGEs is often indicative of oxidative stress, which is thought to be a contributing factor in the development of diseases including schizophrenia, ADHD, Parkinson’s, Asperger’s, Alzheimer’s, autism and even cancer. In fact, AGEs are believed to speed up oxidative cell damage, thus accelerating the aging process and increasing the chance of disease development.
AGEs 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.
Mount Sinai Medical Center physician Dr. Jaime Uribarri, a member of the AGE Foundation’s advisory board, was cited in a recent article about a study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.
The article is titled, “New study postulates the role of dietary advanced glycation end products in the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.” The study in question provides evidence that cooking foods at high temperatures increases the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, thanks to advanced glycation end-products (AGEs).
If you’re still looking for a resolution to make for the new year, you may want to consider cutting back on soda or giving it up altogether. In recent months, multiple articles have been published that link soda to harmful AGEs.
One such article, which was written for Byrdie, was titled “Soda and Your Skin: New Research That Will Make You Rethink Your Drink.” Article author Deven Hopp spoke with the AGE Foundation’s very own advisory board member Dr. Brett West.
05 Dec 2014
The 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.
There is a seemingly never-ending stream of AGE-related articles in the media, with both print and online publications from all over the world educating readers about the harm that advanced glycation end-products can cause.
Many publications are talking about sugar in particular, and have stressed the importance of avoiding consuming too much sugar in our diet. The following are just a few examples that have appeared online recently.
31 Oct 2014
Halloween 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.’”
Daily 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.
“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.”
22 Sep 2014
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.
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.
Thus, 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!”
05 Sep 2014
This 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.
It’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.”
Big 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.
31 Jul 2014
Want 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.”
21 Jul 2014
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.”
16 Jul 2014
AGE-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 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.
09 Jul 2014
Among the numerous sources to have discussed AGEs recently is Reader’s Digest, which has a global circulation of 10.5 million. The June issue of the general interest family magazine featured an article by Joel K. Kahn, M.D. titled, “How to Bounce Back from a Fatty Meal.” The article focused on how to make summer barbecues healthier, and the portion discussing AGEs can be read by clicking on the image to the right.
Another prominent publication to have discussed AGEs recently is Cosmopolitan, which has warned readers about the destructive compounds before. Cosmopolitan is one of the biggest names internationally when it comes to women’s health and beauty, and is read by millions of women around the world.
June 21 will mark the second annual AGE Awareness Day, which was started by the AGE Foundation to bring attention to the serious health issue that is advanced glycation end-products. This is not a regional event, but rather a global one.
So, it’s quite appropriate that media outlets across the world have been focusing on AGEs. In recent months alone, AGEs have been covered by media outlets in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Italy, Germany, China, Japan, Sweden, Denmark, Pakistan, India, Egypt, Bermuda, Australia, South Africa, the Netherlands, Romania, Lithuania, and more.
Actually, make that the Mother Nature Network, a website that covers “the broadest scope of environmental news and social responsibility issues on the Internet.”
The website recently featured an article titled “Fighting fine lines? Glycation may be the culprit.”
15 May 2014
British 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.
Bustle recently featured a column on skincare, specifically focusing on advanced glycation end-products. A women’s website covering news, entertainment, lifestyle and fashion, Bustle previously featured a column on AGEs back in December of 2013.
In this most recent column, columnist Pamela J. Stubbart wrote:
“Allegedly, AGEs are so bad for our skin that we should be counting them instead of calories.
I was skeptical, so I investigated. As it turns out, AGEs are real: animal foods, fatty foods, and heat-processed foods contain the most AGEs. Peer-reviewed scientific evidence suggests that we should indeed take some care to reduce AGEs consumption because they have oxidative and inflammatory effects possibly related to heart disease, diabetes, and other diseases of the developed western world.”
01 May 2014
At 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.
14 Apr 2014
Mint, India’s second-largest business newspaper, recently published a dietary article that discussed AGEs and the risks they pose.
Columnist Kavita Devgan, in her article “A very faulty plate,” stressed that moderation is key to staying healthy, and selected specific types of foods that many people consume in excess when they should be doing the opposite.
The Bangor Daily News, a family-owned newspaper in Maine, just featured an article about dietary AGEs.
The article, “Mix up your cooking methods, avoid sugar for anti-aging benefits,” was written by columnist Georgia Clark-Albert. She is a registered dietitian nutritionist and certified diabetes educator at Penobscot Community Health Care in Bangor.
“Today’s diets contain high levels of harmful compounds called advanced glycation end products, or AGEs, which accumulate in the body over time. All of our cells are affected when too many AGEs build up, a process linked to aging and the development or worsening of chronic illnesses such as Alzheimer’s, cardiovascular and liver diseases. AGEs contribute to increased oxidant stress and inflammation, which also are tied to the epidemic of diabetes.”
24 Mar 2014
In 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.”
18 Mar 2014
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.
“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.”
25 Feb 2014
Our 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.
“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.”
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.