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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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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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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Cut_seasoned_steaksAdvanced glycation end-products (AGEs) have been discussed by many different types of publications, and now we can add acupuncture publications to that list.

That’s because Acupuncture Today recently published the article “Meat in the Middle: Teaching Your Patients About Meat Consumption.” With its website and magazine, Acupuncture Today claims to be the only complete news source in the acupuncture profession.

The article was written by Marlene Merritt, a licensed acupuncturist who runs a wellness center in Austin, Texas. Merritt discussed various aspects of eating meat, one of which was advanced glycation end-products, which she said “conveniently have an acronym that tells us what they do … (AGE).”


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ColaandIceIf 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.


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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_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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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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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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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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Fruit vs Donuts2Women’s Health writer Laura Tedesco recently authored an article for Fox News titled “Study: Fructose intake linked to slightly higher risk of death.”

She wrote:

“It’s no secret that eating excessive amounts [of] sugar puts you at risk for conditions like obesity and type 2 diabetes. Now, a new study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests it may send you to an early grave, too: Women who eat the most sugar have a 10 percent higher risk of dying from any cause, compared to the average person, the researchers found.”

 


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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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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_156660869The 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.

Clark-Albert wrote:

“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.”


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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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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_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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sugar-written-in-sugarA recent Elle UK article had some strong words for sugar, as evidenced by the article’s title: “Sugar ‘is the new tobacco.’

Written by Amy Lawrenson, the article discussed various health issues associated with excessive sugar consumption, including AGEs.

Lawrenson quoted Simon Capewell, professor of clinical epidemiology at the University of Liverpool, as saying:

“Sugar is the new tobacco. Everywhere, sugary drinks and junk foods are now pressed on unsuspecting parents and children by a cynical industry focused on profit not health.

“The obesity epidemic is generating a huge burden of disease and death.”


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