How Sugar is expediting aging and wreaking havoc on your blood sugar.
Cultivating poor eating and lifestyle habits not only increases your chances of developing major health conditions such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and a stroke, but research is finding it also speeds up the aging process, making you look older than you really are. So is sugar the new cigarettes?
At Amicus, we have dedicated our expertly formulated Sugar Check to guide your blood sugar towards healthy levels. Not only are we invested in your health, but also how you age! Follow along in today’s post and read yet another article on the harmful effects of sugar.
The Unsweet Truth of Sugar on Our Age!
Poor health is a culmination of unhealthy patterns in your diet and the kind of lifestyle you lead — from eating too many processed meals chock full of sugar, starchy carbs (which rapidly turn into sugar), and unhealthy fats, to a lack of exercise, and the overconsumption of drugs, alcohol, and nicotine. So, if you are partaking in any of these, you are more likely to have high blood sugar levels that not only can lead to a host of health concerns, but they are responsible for the early onset of saggy, wrinkled skin!
Cortisol and Aging
Cortisol is a hormone our bodies produce when we are stressed and when we experience poor sleep patterns — as cortisol rises so do our blood sugar levels, making us susceptible to weight gain and other health complications. It is a nasty cycle to expose your body to.
Cortisol levels can be better managed through movement and stress-reducing activities — studies have shown that yoga and weight-bearing exercise reduces cortisol levels, in addition to meditation and mindfulness practices.
Collagen and Aging
Not only does our collagen production decrease as we age, but it is also greatly affected by — you guessed it — sugar! Wrinkles, deep lines, and saggy skin are all affected by a process known as glycation. Glycation occurs when a surplus of sugar molecules attach themselves to collagen fibers, causing them to lose their flexibility and strength.
So, what does this mean for your skin?
As a result of glycation, your skin structure is being compromised via sugar and becomes less elastic, which subjects it to greater damage from the sun, sagging, and wrinkles.
Most people know that processed sugar is found in cookies and other sweet treats, but starchy foods such as bread, starches, pasta, and potatoes are rapidly digested and quickly turn into glucose, flooding your bloodstream. The takeaway: not only should you steer clear of obvious sugar-laden foods, but also the starchy ones.
There has never been an argument that a high-sugar diet is beneficial and we all know this! Research has even found that when people compared pictures of participants who were all the same age, those who had high blood sugar levels were perceived older, while those with low blood sugar were seen as at least a year younger!
Sugar is damaging to our whole body — from the way it ages our skin to how we manifest disease.
Part one of our exploration into the effects of sugar has concluded, so stay connected and look for part two soon!
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