This Article is From Aug 28, 2020

Sugar Can Make You Age Faster: Here's How

Sugar should be consumed in moderation for optimum health. Too much sugar is harmful to your overall health. You might not know but sugar can make you age. Read here to know how.

Sugar Can Make You Age Faster: Here's How

Too much sugar can make you gain weight


  • Eating too much sugar can harm your health in various ways
  • Excess sugar consumption can make you feel hungry all the time
  • Sugary foods are harmful to your heart health

Sugar is a part of your daily diet. Everyone loves those sweet treats especially kids. But you often miss to check the amount of sugar you are consuming throughout the day. Too much sugar in your diet is linked with several health hazards. It can lead to weight gain which is a common risk factor for several serious health conditions. Too much sugar is also linked with a higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, skin conditions, depression and fatty liver. Your dental health may also suffer from excess sugar consumption. Not just sweets, highly processed foods are generally high in sugar as well.

Studies have also highlighted that sugar consumption is also linked with fast ageing process. It can make the signs visible on your skin much earlier. In this article, you will understand how sugar consumption is linked with the ageing process.

Sugar consumption and ageing process: Here's the link

Ageing is a natural process but poor diet accelerates the process especially skin ageing. Advanced glycation end products are formed when sugar and protein react inside your body. It damages the collagen and elastin of the skin contributing to wrinkles and other signs of ageing.

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Sugar consumption in excess can contribute to wrinkles
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According to a study published in the Journal Am J Public Health, Telomeres are the DNA-protein caps at the end of chromosomes that promote chromosomal stability and protect the genomic DNA from damage. Telomere length naturally shortens with each cell cycle but an unhealthy lifestyle including sugar consumption speeds up the process.

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Dr. Ajay Kumar Ajmani explains, "More than the recommended intake of sugar can lead to hyperglycemia which can cause increased oxidative stress and increased inflammatory signals which further lead to mitochondrial and DNA damage. High sugars lead to an increase in the Glycation of proteins leading to the formation of advanced glycation end products which can cause functional and structural damage to them resulting in fast ageing. This happens with each and every organ of body whether it is skin, nerves, brain, kidneys, eyes or heart."

"The glycation of proteins, increased oxidative stress and increased inflammation also occurs with age but these changes are accelerated with increased intake of sugar. Years of uncontrolled sugar intake can add immensely to your biological age. In those with diabetes and also those predisposed to diabetes, it will worsen sugar levels and lead to subsequent damage to tissues," adds Dr. Ajmani.

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Fruits contain natural sugar that can satisfy your sweet tooth
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It can be quite difficult to give up on sugar. But for a healthy weight and overall health you need to follow all necessary steps that can help you reduce sugar intake. Whenever you crave sugar it is better to eat a fruit instead of sweet treats.

(Dr. Ajay Kumar Ajmani, Director- Endocrinology, BLK Super Speciality Hospital)

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