Listen to episode 138:
"Want to look younger? Eat less sugar!": Erin
September 3, 2023
Erin Tjam was my guest a few weeks ago, and I invited her back to talk about skin aging, more specifically about glycation.
Glycation is a concept you may not have heard of (I hadn't!).
Basically, collagen and elastin keep your skin firm and supple.
But your skin can age faster when sugar molecules like glucose and fructose adhere to your skin’s collagen and elastin proteins. And this can trigger more responses that can result in inflammation and signs of skin aging.
Erin explains how the glycation process causes something called advanced glycation end-products (AGEs) to form in your skin. These AGEs can play a major role in skin aging, and over time, the end-products make collagen rigid, so your skin looks less firm.
Eating a diet high in processed sugars can accelerate glycation, which can also increase inflammation, resulting in dryness or discomfort of the skin.