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Sugars and Your Skin

You already know that more Americans are getting obese or have diabetes. This is probably caused by the 150 pounds of sugar or high-fructose corn syrup consumed per person per year Now be warned that sugars combine with the proteins in your body’s cells, including skin cells. The process is called glycation; The result is AGE (Advanced Glycation Effects). This acronym is valid because the stiff AGEs make you look older as they form wrinkles in your skin as well as causing other problems like stiff blood vessels.
The other day, a friend asked why I didn’t have the wrinkles of many women my age. Her question amazed me. I felt that after years of hiking and other sports in the sun without using sunscreen, I didn’t have the smooth white skin of a southern belle always shaded by a parasol. My skin is tan and was on the way to looking like leather when I started using the products that contained para-amino-benzoic acid (PABA). Now to get a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or above, I use sunscreens containing zinc oxide along with other protective chemicals. One member of my tennis club said she never used anything since she would rather have tan wrinkles than white wrinkles. However, general health can affect your skin from beneath its surface.
First of all I never smoked; One doctor said he could tell without asking a woman patient over 50 if she smoked. He saw many fine wrinkles on the skin of smokers.
Another factor is that I eat few desserts and avoid sweet liquids. Sugars give you empty calories. Our ancestors ate sweet foods on special occasions and 120 years ago most Americans used less than 20 pounds of sugar per person per year.
Skin specialist Adrienne Denese M.D. tells her patients to avoid sweets to prevent the glycation of collagen and other skin proteins. She says she has pre-diabetic tendencies so she avoids all carbohydrates. She takes good quality vitamins and a variety of supplements. Her patients use six different types of rare or expensive products externally on their skin. These would not give them the desired smooth glowing skin if they consumed too much sugar.
Sugar, like smoking or heavy drinking can affect your skin and make you look older.

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