Too many sweets may shorten your life?
December 8, 2007 2:16am CST
Sugars are commonly used in prepared sweets in many countries. Although all added sugars are not necessarily glucose, the majority will be converted into glucose. Restricting glucose increased the life span in worms by 20 percent. A lack of glucose boosted the levels of free radicals in their bodies. Free radicals are unstable oxygen molecules, which are a major factor in premature skin aging and skin cancer. The findings in worms may be applicable to humans. It suggests that in healthy people, glucose may have negative effects on life span. Giving up sweets may help us live up to at least 15 years longer.