The Facts About Sugar And Aging

stop aging signWe all know that sugar isn’t exactly the best ingredient to consume on a daily basis, after all, it’s bad for your figure and can also cause wrinkles.

How does that happen?  The sugar molecules in your system attach to fats and proteins in a process called glycation. This leads to advanced glycation end products, that cause protein fibers to become stiff and malformed.

Unfortunately, collagen and elastin are the proteins in your skin that are most prone to glycation.  During the process, they become discolored, weak and less supple, which then shows up on the skin as wrinkles, sagginess and a loss of radiance.

In addition to glycation, sun damage,  environmental oxidative stress, hormonal changes also begin which result in fine lines.  The best Beverly Hills Cosmetic Dermatologists know that external signs of aging typically start at the age of 30 to 35.

It’s important to note that whole grains, fruits and vegetables also turn to glucose when digested, however, they do cause as much  damage as refined sugar and are necessary for our health.  So, we shouldn’t completely eliminate all types of sugar from our diets. Thankfully, there are some options to fight off the unwanted results of glycation.

  • Diet – The best thing to do for your diet, stay away from white sugar and high-fructose corn syrup. Studies have found increase in the rate of glycation by 10 times, along with simple carbs.
  • Skin care is also important to slow glycation.  Products that contain viable AGE fighters began to appear five years ago.  Now that glycation is widely known as a major cause of aging, there are plenty of anti-aging creams containing AGE fighters, too.  Green tea has been proven to significantly interfere with the glycation process, while it also stimulates collagen synthesis.  So, use a product that contains this antioxidant-rich ingredient, or drink it regularly, to protect your skin from glycation.

Dr. Kopelson and his staff provide personalized clinical suggestions to address each patient’s specific medical and cosmetic concerns.  In addition to offering a myriad of advanced medical and cosmetic dermatology treatments.

The Kopelson Clinic provides many options to choose from to reduce wrinkles including Pearl™ resurfacing laser, injectable cosmetic fillers, Botox® and other cosmetic wrinkle treatment regimens.

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