How Sugar Causes Aging

How Sugar Causes Aging

How Sugar Causes Aging

Sugar is one of the major factors that increase production of advanced glycation end products (AGEs) inside your body. AGEs form when sugar reacts with amino acids.  Along with oxidation, AGEs is a major contributor to aging and disease.  Over time high blood sugar levels dramatically increase age-accelerating AGEs.  This is why type 2 diabetics many times appear that they have not aged well and look older than their real age.  But this age-accelerating effect is NOT just limited to diabetics.

Limiting or omitting sugar is a well-known key to longevity, because sugar molecules are probably the most damaging of all. Dr. Mercola says, “Fructose in particular is an extremely potent pro-inflammatory agent that creates AGEs and speeds up the aging process. It also promotes the kind of dangerous growth of fat cells around your vital organs that are the hallmark of diabetes and heart disease. In one study on fructose, 16 volunteers on a controlled diet including high levels of fructose produced new fat cells around their heart, liver and other digestive organs in just 10 weeks!”1

Sugar also increases insulin and leptin levels and decreases receptor sensitivity for both of these vital hormones, which is a major factor of premature aging and age-related chronic degenerative diseases such as heart disease.

When you eat a typical American diet, your blood sugar can elevate and stay that way continually. Unfortunately, the average American consumes a whopping  2.5 pounds of sugar a week! When you add other low-quality carb foods such as bread, cereals, doughnuts, bagels, pasta, pastries, cookies, and candy it’s easy to see why so many Americans are in such poor health.

This type of high-sugar  and high-carb diet is also what’s driving the obesity epidemic—NOT diets high in fat. Why We Get Fat author Gary Taubes explains that [refined] carbs, like fructose and other sugars, destroy your insulin and leptin sensitivity, which in turn causes your cells to accumulate more fat, and makes it more difficult to get rid of the extra weight. If you want to look and feel younger longer, it’s time to ditch sugar and most grains!

Notes
1 http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/02/22/how-sugar-accelerates-aging.aspx

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