The biggest names in media are discussing AGEs

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.

Cosmopolitan UK writer Bridget March just published a web article titled, “Why exercise is good for your skin (not just your body).” She interviewed Rhian Stephenson, a former Canadian athlete and current nutritionist at Psychle. One of the benefits of exercise mentioned by March was that it reduces AGEs:

“AGEs (advanced glycation end products) are baddies that cause oxidative damage to blood vessels and tissues. How does this make them evil for skin? ‘AGEs can inhibit collagen and elastin formation, contribute to inflammation and damage cellular membranes. Not only does this accelerate the ageing process by preventing the repair of damage done to skin, but it also makes the skin more susceptible to damage from the sun’ Rhian explains. Cue working up a sweat – a study released by the Journal of Metabolism showed that regular exercise resulted in reduced levels of AGEs in the blood.”

Yahoo! is yet another prominent source to have discussed AGEs recently. The multinational Internet corporation boasts one of the most popular websites in the United States, and claims that it attracts more than half a billion consumers every month.

Making the Yahoo! article about AGEs even more noteworthy is the fact that it was written by Martha Stewart, who has risen to prominence as a businesswoman, writer, television personality, and former fashion model.

In her article, titled “3 Ways to Health-ify Your Grilling Technique,” Stewart wrote:

“Grilling is a rite of summer, and nothing’s easier than cooking and serving burgers outside. But the smoke and live flames that char-grill meats and give them such good flavor may cause significant health problems. When natural proteins and sugars in the meat interact while heated, they form toxic compounds called advanced glycation end products (AGEs). Intense heat accelerates this action, making grilled, fried, and broiled meats and cheeses particularly AGE-abundant.”

After referring to the recent Mount Sinai School of Medicine research linking AGEs to health issues such as diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease, Stewart provided various suggestions for avoiding high AGE levels when grilling meat: reducing char-inducing flare-ups, removing all visible fat from meat, using thin cuts that don’t need a long time to cook, soaking meat in an acidic marinade before grilling, using barbecue tongs to turn meat instead of puncturing with a fork and losing some of the juices, and grilling over indirect heat by piling coals to one side of the grill (or using burners on only one side of a gas grill) and cooking the meat on the cooler side. Stewart also recommended grilling vegetables or fruits as an alternative to meat.

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