Sugar A.G.E.’s Your Body
An article by Dr. Taylor Krick
What if there was ONE THING you could do that was easy, costs nothing, and has been proven to slow down the aging process?
What if that same one thing would also drastically help with weight loss, improve your hormone balance, and decrease your chances of diabetes, heart disease, and even cancer. Would you do it?
That one thing is simple: GET OFF SUGAR!
Among all the well-known negative effects of sugar, perhaps the biggest and most important one is called glycation, which makes you get old faster, or A.G.E.
Advanced Glycation End-products, or A.G.E.s, are compounds made when sugar molecules bind to proteins. It is through this glycation process that sugar can lead to:
- -Cardiovascular disease
- -Alzheimer’s disease
- -Diabetes, etc
Glycation is synonymous with aging, as it leads to loss of tissue elasticity (think: wrinkles). It has also been shown that glycation is a major reason for other degenerative changes in the body including Degenerative Disc Disease of the spine. Through this process of glycation we create inflammation in the body, which can activate the immune system. The immune system then has to work to neutralize the A.G.E.s, and even though this is a healing process, it can cause quite a bit of damage. For example, inside your arteries the scar tissue created by this process is called ‘plaque’ and it is a major component of heart disease.
Because sugar fuels glycation, it is imperative that you GET OFF SUGAR, but especially fructose! Fructose, otherwise known as fruit sugar, ‘glycates’ at a higher rate than sucrose or other sugars (at least 10x the glycation rate!). Because of this reason it is incredibly important to minimize your total sugar intake, but especially fructose. Many experts recommend staying below 25 grams of total fructose/day, but I would even go so far as to say it should never exceed 20 grams. Fructose not only leads to increased A.G.E.s, but also is more work for the liver (leading to a fatty liver), increases bad (VLDL) cholesterol and triglycerides, and leads to more rapid weight gain than almost anything on the planet, including table sugar. Anybody who tells you that all sugar is created equal is behind the times!
If you want to slow down the aging and degenerating process, make sure that you are actively decreasing your sugar intake, especially fructose. Change your mindset, read your labels, and find a good substitute like Lakanto to use in place of sugar.