Fighting the signs of aging seems to be a common theme in our country. Although billions are spent on potions, pills, creams, and fad diets, all in the name of maintaining that youthful appearance, recent studies are now revealing the link to sugar. As a dentist, our profession has long been concerned about sugar and decay, but now there appears to be new evidence that "long sugar chains formed from simple sugar molecules" can lead to many health problems, including cancer, aging, and autoimmune diseases.
The National Academy of Sciences suggests that mapping these "glycans" may have "the potential to aid physicians in diagnosing and treating their patients," because "in the future, it is likely that analysis of an individual's glycans will be used to predict our risk for developing diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, or even food allergies." The authors add that "biological processes like aging are linked to inflammation in our glycome," but "it remains to be tested if reversing these changes can help prevent disease, or even slow aging," which is an intriguing possibilty.
So the next time you reach for that candy bar or sugar-filled energy drink, remember that it could be hastening your aging process! If you have any questions or are in need of an appointment call our office at 918-455-0123!