Just when you thought it couldn’t get worse, here is another reason besides weight to reduce your sugar intake. Studies now show that a lifetime of overeating sugar can have a negative effect on skin making it dull and wrinkled. What??
Eating excess sugar causes damage and pre-mature aging to your collagen and elastin molecules and deactivates your body’s natural antioxidant enzymes leaving you more vulnerable to sun damage. Collagen and eleastin provide skin elasticity and firmness. We generally lose some elasticity as we age but excess sugar results high blood sugar content which causes collagen and elastin to become dry and brittle, leading to wrinkles and sagging. These aging effects start at about age 35 and increase rapidly after that, according to a study published in the British Journal of Dermatology. So what can be done? Watch your stress eating this holiday season. Reduce your intake of refined sugar products, so that means limiting intake of cookies, ice cream, cakes, pies, candy, etc. and make a switch to more complex carbohydrates if you need the carbs.To stabilize and control your blood sugar levels, try to substitute protein snacks such as lunchmeat, cheese, cottage cheese or yogurt.