HIGH BLOOD SUGAR LEV­ELS MAKES YOU LOOK OLDER

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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.

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