In her post , "Sugar and Aging: How to Fight Glycation" on elle.com April Long reports that science says this; when you have sugar molecules in your system they bombard the body's cells like a meteor shower- glomming onto fats and proteins in a process known as glycation.
This forms advanced glycation end products (commonly shortened, appropriately, to AGEs), which cause protein fibers to become stiff and malformed. Put that warning on a cookie.
The proteins in skin most prone to glycation are the same ones that make a youthful complexion so plump and springy—collagen and elastin. When those proteins hook up with renegade sugars, they become discolored, weak, and less supple; this shows up on the skin’s surface as wrinkles, sagginess, and a loss of radiance.
Glycation: "When your youth takes a permanent vacation." Somebody hold the cookies.
On the flip side GREEN TEA keeps you young and is what you should have more of says Amanda L. Chan, who writes in the Huffington Post, "Green Tea Could Help Functioning In Old Age: Study"
Green tea, says Amanda, has long been eyed for possible health benefits, including its potential to decrease the risk of certain cancers, its antioxidant properties and its blood-pressure lowering effects. A new study suggests it could also help with the aging process, too.
Researchers from the Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine looked at the green tea-drinking habits of 14,000 older adults, ages 65 and older, for a three-year period, Reuters reported.
The researchers found that the ones who drank the most green tea over these tidy period were also the ones who functioned best in old age -- meaning they didn't have trouble with basic activities like bathing or dressing, according to Reuters.
Best we babes can hope for today is to remember to follow cookies with a Green Tea Chaser so that when we're old eating cookies we'll at least remember to shower and put clothes on.
Sugar and Aging: How to Fight Glycation
By April Long | February 01, 2012 elle.com
"Green Tea Could Help Functioning In Old Age: Study" Amanda L. Chan 02/08/12 Huffington Post,