shutterstock_194002763The physical quest for the fountain of youth is an age-old legend. However, the average adult spends a large portion of their time and income trying to combat the inevitable effects of aging. If you find yourself proverbially seeking that fountain, try to instead avoid this habits that increase the visual effects of aging on the skin:

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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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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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shutterstock_109056116There 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.

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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

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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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Readers DigestAdvanced glycation end-products (AGEs) continue to be recognized by the media all over, and that includes some major publications and notable public figures.

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.

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shutterstock_187423169The St. Louis Post-Dispatch recently featured an article stating that a healthy diet – one with low amounts of advanced glycation end-products (AGEs) – is a key to healthy, great-looking skin.

Post-Dispatch Fashion Editor Debra D. Bass wrote the article, titled “Eat your way to beautiful skin.” She noted that glycation is one of the causes of poor skin:

“Excess sugar in your bloodstream attaches to proteins to form new molecules called advanced glycation end products (or … wait for it… AGEs for short). According to published studies, the more sugar you eat, the more AGEs you develop and the more likely you are to have inflammation. Inflammation can be a pesky internal condition that means your skin (among other vital organs) is more vulnerable.

And guess what’s most vulnerable to attack: collagen and elastin, the proteins most responsible for keeping your skin plump and youthful.”

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SugarCubesWe already know that advanced glycation end-products (AGEs) are bad news, but now it’s even been confirmed by Mother Nature.

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.”

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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_160379219Bustle 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.”


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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_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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2Articles about how AGEs lead to aging skin just keep pouring in. One of the most recent websites to touch on the issue was South Africa’s Beauty Bulletin, which featured an article titled “Does Sugar Cause Wrinkles?

Said the article:

“During a process called glycation, sugar attaches to protein fibres in your blood stream forming toxic new compounds called Advanced Glycation End products (or AGEs – how ironic!). As these AGEs build up, they cause inflammation and the protein fibres of collagen and elastin are damaged. Skin starts to lose its elasticity and is no longer firm and supple. It cannot spring back into its original position after a smile or a frown, and wrinkles start to appear.

“Sugar also causes damage to the more stable Collagen II and Collagen III and only the weaker, less resilient, Collagen I, is left. Collagen I is easily damaged, so skin loses its elasticity more quickly this way.”

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junk-food-on-white-backgroundFemale First, an England-based women’s website that covers entertainment, lifestyle, fashion, beauty and other topics, recently featured an article titled “Healthy diet tips for glowing and youthful skin.”

Written by Taryn Davies, the article features advice from Dr. Stefanie Williams, a dermatologist who wrote the book “Future Proof Your Skin: Slow down your biological clock by changing the way you eat.” For Davies’ article, Williams provided 10 tips on how to maintain healthy skin, and she made it a point to encourage readers to avoid excessive AGEs.

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Everyone would love to look and feel younger, so aging is a very popular topic in the media, and Advanced Glycation End-products are gaining more and more traction in the media as well. One need only look at all the articles and blogs shared on this website to get a sample of how ubiquitous the topics of aging and AGEs are.

Add to the list of sources that have touched on AGEs and their relation to premature aging. The women’s interest website recently featured a blog by Melissa William titled “Eight Causes Of Aging.”

It should come as no surprise to those that follow the AGE Foundation that the very first cause of aging to be listed was the accumulation of AGEs:

“AGE is shoAGEformation_imagert for Advanced Glycation End-products, which are harmful compounds that affect nearly every cell and molecule in your body. Glycation refers to the way sugars, or glucose, bind with proteins in a way that stiffens body cells. Glycation makes your body cells less pliable and vulnerable to damage and premature aging.”

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As noted by Bustle columnist Tori Telfer in her article “Why Glycation is Responsible for Aging Skin,” everyone’s talking about glycation lately.

“Although the scientific knowledge [about glycation] has been around for decades, it’s become a veritable beauty buzzword these days: anti-glycation diets, anti-glycation skincare,” Telfer wrote.

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The Huffington Post recently cautioned the public about AGEs and other consequences that certain diets have on our skin.

In an article titled “The 3 Worst Food Mistakes You Can Make For Your Skin,” Rebecca Adams – Associate Editor for HuffPost Style – wrote:

“In 2008 alone, Americans spent $35 billion on cosmetics and skincare. But are all these dollars wasted when we follow a diet that causes acne, premature aging and other skin conditions? It sure seems so.”

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As a recent The Daily Meal article stated, it’s no secret that fast food is typically high in calories, saturated and trans fats, sugar, and sodium. Likewise, it’s no secret that excessive consumption of fast food can lead to obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and stroke.

But as noted in that particular article, titled “The Side Effects of Fast Food That No One Talks About,” there are additional risks that come with an unhealthy diet, including increased AGE levels.

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The Diet Detective – with some help from a nutrition expert – is on the case when it comes to AGEs and is laying down the law regarding excessive sugar consumption.

One of the nation’s leading nutrition and public health advocates, Charles Platkin has made a name for himself with his column, the Diet Detective, which appears in more than 100 daily newspapers nationally.

In a recent column, Platkin interviewed nutrition guru Brooke Alpert about the negative effects of sugar, and she echoed what many other experts have been saying lately about sugar, AGEs and premature aging. Alpert is a registered dietitian and nutritionist, as well as founder of B nutritious and co-author of the book “The Sugar Detox.”

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The link between excessive sugar consumption, AGEs and skin damage continues to be highlighted by a variety of sources, with the latest being Rodale News.

In a recent article titled “11 Weird Things Sugar’s Doing to Your Body,” author Leah Zerbe explored some of the negative effects of sugar as outlined in the upcoming book Sugar Smart Diet by Anne Alexander and Julia VanTine, due for release December 24.

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As previously featured on this site, Cosmopolitan recently published a blog post about women’s skin care that addressed the need to avoid excess sugar because of the harmful effects of AGEs. Of course, AGEs do not discriminate against gender; men have a need to be aware of AGEs and the need for a healthy diet as well.

That was evidenced in November when the website for “Details” – a monthly men’s magazine dedicated to fashion and lifestyle – published a blog titled “4 Surprising Ways You May Be Aging Your Skin.”

“You already know that if you eat, sleep, and exercise like crap, you’re probably going to look and feel like it, too,” the article states. “But how you treat your body today can affect more than just the way you look right now; it can also impact how you’ll look in, say, 10 years.”

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