7 Foods That Are Aging You

Find out which foods can hold you back from looking and feeling your best.

7 Foods That Are Aging You

While staying on top of your skincare regimen is always a good idea, if you want to look and feel your best, it has to start from within. By drinking plenty of water, eating lots of fresh produce, getting enough sleep, and exercising on a regular basis, you can stay healthy and gain a glowing complexion at the same time. Wondering which foods are worth avoiding on your quest to younger-looking skin? We spoke to Rachel Swanson, MS, RD, LDN, who uncovered seven major offenders.

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Macchiatos and Lattes

A medium cinnamon dolce latte to start the day off doesn't sound so bad, right? Well with 40 grams of sugar, you may want to think twice. How about an afternoon pick-me-up of a medium size frappuccino? With a whopping 85 grams of sugar, that’s definitely asking for a side of premature aging to with it. If this sounds like your daily routine, this habit may also promote Advanced Glycation End Products (ironically, abbreviated as AGEs), which cause damage by cross-linking to proteins like collagen and elastin, the fibers most associated with youthfulness. While AGEs are a normal byproduct of a regular metabolism, they become problematic if sugar intake becomes excessively high, predisposing our bodies to oxidative stress and inflammation. At this point, harmful oxidants (free radicals) have exceeded our protective antioxidants. This process, in return, actually creates more AGEs; quite a vicious cycle for our precious skin. When choosing your next latte, be conscientious of the collateral skin damage you might be exposing yourself to.

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Your Parent Has Dementia: What to Talk to Their Doctor About

Make sure all their doctors are aware of all the medications she is taking.

Q: My mom is 94 and has dementia. She is taking a whole medicine cabinet-full of medications and I think they actually make her fuzzier. How should I talk to her various doctors about what she is taking and if she can get off some of the meds? — Gary R., Denver, Colorado

A: Many dementia patients are taking what docs call a "polypharmacy" — three or more medications that affect their central nervous system. And we really don't know how that mixture truly affects each individual person.

A new study in JAMA Network that looked at more than 1 million Medicare patients found almost 14% of them were taking a potentially harmful mix of antidepressants, antipsychotics, antiepileptics, benzodiazepines such as Valium and Ativan, nonbenzodiazepine benzodiazepine receptor agonist hypnotics such as Ambien or Sonata, and opioids. And almost a third of those folks were taking five or more such medications. The most common medication combination included an antidepressant, an antiepileptic, and an antipsychotic. Gabapentin was the most common medication — often for off-label uses, such as to ease chronic pain or treat psychiatric disorders, according to the researchers from the University of Michigan.

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