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High Sugar Diets Make You Look Older ... Just In Time To Ruin Your Pumpkin Pie

Fall (and pumpkin pie) are just around the corner and I hear about the benefits of a low-sugar diet for your skin. Not cool, not cool. Photo by Kimberly Vardeman

Fall (and pumpkin pie) are just around the corner and I hear about the benefits of a low-sugar diet for your skin. Not cool, not cool. Photo by Kimberly Vardeman

As I age, it (sadly) becomes more and more clear how much my environment, life habits, and (perhaps most importantly in my case) eating habits play a factor in my looks. Poor diet, lack of sleep, and exposure to the elements show up on my face much faster at just 32 than they did in my 20s. Food is no longer an afterthought. It’s quickly becoming an active ally in my beauty routine.

A research paper released February of 2013 by Unilever R&D and Leiden University Medical Center links higher sugar intakes to perceived physical age. In short, high-sugar diets make you look older. Ugh, my mom is just waiting to say “I told you so.”

Researchers tested their theory by checking the glucose levels of over 600 volunteers aged 50-70 years old and then showed the images to over 60 people to asses the ages of those photographed. Volunteers with higher glucose levels ranked in as a higher perceived age than those with lower glucose levels.

Still, I think part of me really does wish I could live in ignorant bliss for just a little longer. Don’t get me wrong, I limit sugar for my kiddo, and I do my best where my own diet is concerned, but my sugar tooth is no joke, and with fall comes apple pies, pumpkin lattes, big puffy rolls, sweet potatoes with maple syrup … you get the idea. Limiting or completely obliterating my sugar intake during this season is kind of like asking for an extra heaping portion of torture.

How about you? Is looking younger enough of a reason to kick sugar to the curb?

Source: “High serum glucose levels are associated with a higher perceived age” February 2013, Volume 35, Issue 1, pp 189-195

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