Scientists have not yet reached a confirmed discovery that can stop the manifestations of aging definitively, but it can be slowed down simply by avoiding some bad habits and changing an unhealthy lifestyle, according to what was published by the “Eat This Not That” website. Health and Nutrition.
1. Premature aging
Eating added sugar and simple carbs on a regular basis is one of the causes of premature aging. “Results from research studies indicate that a diet that contains a lot of sugar or other refined carbohydrates can accelerate aging,” says the American Academy of Dermatology. Eating too much sugar can lead to premature aging of the body, by increasing the risk of devastating chronic disorders such as obesity, infections and cardiovascular disease, as well as directly damaging the appearance of the skin.
2. Aging skin
Eating added sugar in excessive amounts negatively affects the production of collagen and elastin, two types of proteins found in the skin that make it look firm and youthful. Excessive intake of added sugar and simple carbohydrates leads to glycation, which means the secretion of substances that damage youth-giving proteins and actually prevent the body from repairing them, causing wrinkles, sagging, age spots and pale skin.
Sugar-sweetened soft drinks
3. Soda and sweetened juices
Results of a study conducted at the University of California-San Francisco revealed that people who consumed more sugar-sweetened beverages, such as soda and preserved juices sweetened with artificial sugar, had shorter telomeres, the part of cells that contains DNA. Telomeres are long throughout youth, and become shorter with age. When telomeres become too short, the effects of aging on overall health are magnified. “Regular consumption of sugar-sweetened soft drinks can influence the development of metabolic diseases by accelerating the aging of cells,” the University of California researchers wrote.
4. Chronic diseases
An unhealthy diet that includes large amounts of added sugar and simple carbohydrates increases the risk of some chronic diseases, such as
• Cardiovascular disease
• Obesity and obesity
“Added sugar is the number one and most serious health threat,” says David Zenkochenko, author of Zero Sugar Diet, as sugar such as fructose, for example, can increase blood pressure and heart rate or the heart muscle’s need for oxygen to function well. It can also cause inflammation, insulin resistance, and general metabolic dysfunction.”
“The more added sugar in the diet, the less healthy food you eat for the rest of the day. People age faster,” he says.
Reducing your consumption of added sugar is one of the best steps you can take for better overall health, as it helps maintain a healthy weight and youthfulness for longer.
5. Hidden sugars
Experts caution against the fact that even if you reduce your intake of simple carbohydrates such as white bread, sugary sodas, juices and sweets, there is still the potential to consume more added sugar than some might think. Therefore, experts advise that you should check the labels that include the ingredients of food products before buying them, as currently added sugar is listed separately. Shocking amounts of sugar can lie in unexpected meals or products, and even in seemingly healthy foods like whole-wheat bread and fat-free yogurt.