HIGH BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS MAKES YOU LOOK OLDER
There’s mounting evidence that you age morere quickly if you have a high blood sugar level. The latestst indication comes from Leiden University Medical Centerer in the Netherlands and has been published in Age. Accordingording to the article, the higher your glucose level, the olderder your face looks. Looking young Doctors have been doing it for ages: they estimate the age of a new patient and then compare their guess with the patient’s real age. If the guess is on the high side, then it’s a sign that the patient’s health is not optimal. Study The researchers used this same technique. They y gave a panel of 60 assessors photos of the faces s 602 people in their fifties and sixties, and asked them to estimate how old they thought the peopleple in the photos were. We tend to assume that people with a low BMI arere old-older than is the case. Everything that says money worksworks the other way: expensive clothes or a chic hairdoo make people look younger. When the researchers had corrected the estimates for these kinds of factors the non-diabetic 50-60 year-olds look older the higher their fastingng glucose level is. And the diabetics look oldest of all. AGEs The researchers suspect that a high glucose levelel causes more molecules like pentosidine to occur in the bodybody. Pentosidine is an advanced glycation end product, or AGE. AGEs are formed when the body attaches sugars to amino acids. Most of the compounds have the tendency to attach themselves to amino acids in body tissues. If this happens in the skin, structures build up in the collagen and elastin that get in the way of repair processes. And that’s how AGEs accelerate the skin’s ageing process. AGEs do the same in a lot of other places too, like the blood vessels, kidneys and the cartilage. So the ageing that’s visible in the face is an indication of the invisible biological ageing. The ‘rejuvenating effect’ of a lifestyle that leads to a lower glucose level is not very big, according to this study. But it’s s worth noting that the study probably underestimates the effects of a high blood sugar level. The photos that the researchers used were of participants in the Leiden Longevity Study; and these people have genes that predispose them to age slowly. Take Home Message: Excess sugar in the diet ages you! Yet another good reason and proof that following a lower carb/sugarless diet helps us not only become healthier but also look younger. Source: Age (Dordr). 2011 Nov 20.