Sugar Possibly Shortens Your Life, and Even Worse – It Causes Wrinkles
Posted Nov 08 2009 10:00pm
I love when I find articles that confirm my personal biases. No deep thinking or cognitive dissonance required, no need to try and refute the conclusions. Life is good.
Anyway, a pair of articles came to my attention this week. The first, from Science News Daily, cites research on worms that concludes that excess sugar can shorten lifespan by 20%. Here’s my fave line from the article:
Kenyon says she read up on low-carb diets and changed her eating habits immediately — cutting out essentially all starches and desserts — after making the initial discovery in worms. The discovery was made several years ago, but had not been reported in a peer-reviewed journal until now.
While this research has only been on worms, the article goes on to answer the obvious question: yes, these insulin regulating mechanisms studied in the worms are an awful lot alike to mammalian, and human mechanisms, so there’s a strong possibility that these findings might apply to mice and men as well as worms.
Yep – the obligatory ‘more research is needed’ line was mentioned, and don’t hold your breath waiting for these to come out – longevity studies, for obvious reasons, take a long time.
At blame is a natural process that’s known as glycation, in which the sugar in your bloodstream attaches to proteins to form harmful new molecules called advanced glycation end products (or, appropriately, AGEs for short). The more sugar you eat, the more AGEs you develop. “As AGEs accumulate, they damage adjacent proteins in a domino-like fashion.”
If you continue to read the article, the proteins most vulenrable to attack are the collagens and elastins that keep our skin young-looking.
So maybe the advice is: ditch the skin cream AND the brownies – maybe if you don’t eat one, you won’t need the other.
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