NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Many ladies love their handbags and will spend a lot of money for the latest and greatest, but a new study says what is inside those bags may be covered in germs worse than what you’ll find in the bathroom.
When I started reading this article my first thought was 'it's a fake article'. I understand that sugar isn't good for you but claiming to look younger just by abstaining seems a bit drastic. According to several women and a couple universities in the UK, the higher a person bloodsugar, the older they look.
Now, I have some qualms with this. To start, I have been a type one diabetic for 11 years. Not to be confused with type 2, which occurs in older, overweight adults. My type occurs for a yet to be discovered reason ; I was not overweight, I was eleven years old at the time and I have zero family history of the disease. Yet, for some reason my pancreas decided to switch off leaving me with this ongoing disease.
According to Dr. David Gunn, who helped conduct a trial of 600 people, "Those who looked the oldest of all were the diabetics in the group. Because of their condition, they will have had the high levels of glucose for a long period of time.’ The skin experts agree. A diet high in sugar is a disaster for the face." Hmmm, the problems I have with this statement. I may only be 23 now but when I was out to dinner last night I was mistaken for a 18-year-old - but yes, of course the oldest looking people are diabetics because they have higher bloodsugars. After more than ten years of infliction, you'd think I'd look like a 30 year old. According to the UK's Daily Mail, 'In fact for every 1mm/litre increase in blood sugar, the perceived age of that person rose by five months.' Maybe I should be 50 by now.
Though I don't agree with this entire article, I do think eating lower sugar quantities is something to consider. I stick to a pretty strict amount of sugar and carbohydrates in my daily diet to regulate my bloodsugar and keep me from having polar mood swings. Dr. Ross Perry, a dermatologist in London, said, "The problem with sugar is that it makes the skin lose the plump, elastic qualities that underlie a youthful appearance. This is due to a process called glycation. Essentially what happens is that sugar attaches itself to any protein in the body and produces harmful molecules called advanced glycation end products. Normally collagen bulks out the skin and gives it a younger plump look. Elastin gives the skin recoil so that when you smile or frown your skin goes back to how it was. If you persistently eat a high-sugar diet, then as a result, the collagen and elastin will become more rigid, so it will become easier for wrinkles to form and the skin will lose that youthful plumpness. It also makes it harder for the cells in the skin to repair normal damage."
So what do you think? Will you be sticking to a diet low in sugars and refined carbs to look younger or do you think this article is ridiculous?