The topic for this article is glycation. Glycation is one of the greatest factors in premature aging. All of us experience glycation, but if not controlled, it can rapidly increase the rate you age and lead to disease or a poor health condition.
I used to believe that what individuals in their 70s, 80s, and 90s experienced was simple aging. I have learned a great deal through traveling around the world and by being around individuals that are in great shape and consume the right nutritional products.
There are three avenues that determine how long we live and what condition our health will be in the sunset years of our lives: genetics, the condition of our immune systems, and the damage we accumulate throughout our lives.
I used to believe that I couldn’t change my “genetic destiny.” My mentor changed my perspective. His family tree is full of diabetes, cancer, arthritis, heart attacks, strokes, obesity, high blood pressure, premature death, high cholesterol, and so on.
Earlier in his life, he experienced several of these conditions; however, now at age 70, he doesn’t suffer from any of these conditions and is in amazing health. How in the world does an individual escape his or her “genetic destiny?”
An example would be the liver producing too much high density small LDL cholesterol. A gene doesn’t produce cholesterol; it contains the code that causes a change reaction or pathway that ends up manufacturing this form of cholesterol. The small-density LDL become very dangerous when oxidized.
This pathway or change of events can be interrupted with statin drugs or with certain nutritional products. This principle is true with most genetic programming. Antioxidants can interrupt the oxidation of LDL, lowering the risk of damaging your arteries.
In this article, I would like to address the damage we accumulate throughout our lives. One of the greatest factors in this lifetime process is glycation. Glycation is a fusion of a glucose molecule to a protein or lipid molecule without a managing enzyme.
When this fusion takes place in one of your organs, the function of the organ is compromised. For example, glycation in the eyes leads to poor eyesight or a disease within your eyes.
If glycation develops in your heart, this leads to heart disease. Glycation can lead to just about any health condition you can think of and can affect your emotions, your energy, and your overall health.
Your skin becomes wrinkled and saggy. How young you look depends a great deal of how much glycation your skin has endured. The stiffness and lack of flexibility with elderly people is mostly from glycation. My mentor has no more stiffness than I do at 24 years old.
The hemoglobin A1c test measures how much glycation there is in your blood over the past four months. Consuming sugars and certain short chain carbohydrates increases glycation.
Even what we call normal glucose levels cause some glycation after meal glucose spikes. The greatest damage from diabetes is glycation.
What is the answer to this damaging process of glycation? First, decrease your consumption of refined sugar. Secondly, consume certain nutrients that can interrupt the glycation process.
Carnosine, pyridoxal 5’-phosphate, and benfotiamine help control this glycation process.
In the next issue, we will address inflammation.
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