There are estimated to be more than 4 million people in the UK and 29 million people in the USA, suffering from diabetes. It is the biggest epidemic of twenty-first century. With the global rise in obesity, more children and young people are affected by diabetes now compared to decades ago.
How Diabetes Impacts Your Health
Those who suffer from diabetes can't maintain healthy levels of glucose (sugar) in their blood.
In healthy individuals, after eating, glucose is turned into energy to fuel the body. This process is made possible by the presence of a hormone called Insulin.People who suffer from diabetes either can't produce insulin (type 1 diabetes) or don't produce enough insulin (type 2 diabetes) in their body. Without insulin, glucose can't be turned into energy; hence, it is circulating in the blood. This causes blood sugar level to rise, a condition which triggers inflammation. Left untreated, this condition may cause serious damages including:
- Poor vision and blindness
- Kidney failure
- Heart disease and stroke
- Various mental disorders such as depression and anxiety
How Diabetes Affects Your Skin
Collagen and Elastion are two of the major skin components that gives skin its youthfulness. Collagen gives your skin its firmness and strength. Elastin gives your skin its elasticity and bounce back.
Both collagen and elastin are formed of amino acids (protein). When there is high presence of sugar in your body, this sugar attacks the protein through a process known as Glycation. As a result, it damages the skin's collagen and elastin fibres, causing wrinkles and sagging skin.
Diabetics tend to have dry skin. As their body tries to remove the excess sugar from the blood through increasing urination, diabetics are prone to dehydration. Hence, their skin is more likely to suffer from dry skin conditions.
How to Protect Your Skin from Glucose-Induced Ageing
1. Seek a Medical Help
If you think that you may be affected by diabetes, you should seek a medical help sooner rather than later. Early diagnosis and treatment help prevent damage to your body.
2. Maintain a healthy weight
The risk of catching diabetes is higher if you are overweight, therefore, it is best to maintain a healthy weight through a balanced diet and regular exercises.
3. Reduce sugar or carbohydrate intake
Even if you are not overweight, it is still important to have a healthy diet and limit the consumption of sugar and carbohydrates, especially refined carbohydrates.
4. Eat Protein
Your body needs protein to prevent and repair damage. Protein is the building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin and blood. A well-balanced diet with high protein intake helps prevent premature ageing.
5. Take care of your skin as early as possible
Don't wait until you reach a certain age. Take care of your skin as early as possible to maintain its youthfulness and slow down the skin ageing process.
However, it never too late to start taking care your skin properly. If you suffer from prominent wrinkles, lines and sagging skin, try award-winning duo, Henry Tianus Bio-Collagen Serum and Bio-Collagen Ageless Cream. Formulated with cutting-edge bioactives and pure botanical extracts, these extra firming and lifting restorative formulas help renew the appearance of skin. Use them on freshly cleansed skin every morning and evening. With regular daily use, the skin looks firmer, more radiant and lifted with an even, youthful complexion.
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Sources: Is Diabetes Becoming the Biggest Epidemic of the Twenty-first Century?, International Journal of Health Sciences, 2007 Jul: 1(2): V–VIII; Diabetes UK www.diabetes.org.uk; Diabetes Australia www.diabetesaustralia.com.au; Glycation during human dermal intrinsic and actinic ageing: an in vivo and in vitro model study, Bristol Journal of Dermatology, 23 December 2001.