Have you thought about that what you are eating may be aging you faster and, therefore, leading to poor eggs and a diagnosis of “old eggs”?
So many women are told their eggs are too old for conception. While some women are in their 40’s, many are still in their mid to late 30’s. Yet, in spite of the chronological age and poor prognostic outlook many of these women go on to conceive with their own eggs and give birth to healthy babies. Those who do, often make changes to their diet and lifestyles and followed them religiously for a minimum of a year.
One substance has been on the research radar for a good decade. It’s been linked to tooth decay, acne, diabetes, weight gain, poor immunity, ADD, hyperactivity and aggression, cancer proliferation and now aging! – SUGAR!
Sugar causes you to age and lowers your egg quality (tweet this)
Diabetic research tells us that when you consume sugar (glucose) – there is a chemical reaction that takes place between sugar molecules and your fat and protein molecules. This reaction is not controlled by the enzymes and does not take place in designated areas of the cell where the sugar molecule can be put to good use – it happens all over the cell, this cell is no longer able to function properly. This leads to poor intake of oxygen, water, nutrients and lowered ability to expel toxic substances and free radicals. This can lead to DNA damage and death of the cell.
This process, glycation, creates so-called ‘end products’. These end products are called Advanced Glycation End-products (AGEs) and their effect on tissues is making protein fibers stiff and malformed. Also, these end products act as free radicals speeding up the aging process.
This takes place wherever you have protein and fat cells.
A study published in Human reproduction in 2011 linked the formation of AGEs to DNA damage in the eggs, lower fertilization rates, poor follicular and embryonic development and lower pregnancy rates regardless of age! (tweet this) This could account for why women in their 30’s are being diagnosed with “old eggs”. This negative effect on egg quality and age is even more of an issue in women with PCOS and diabetes.
Old glycated collage will eventually be eliminated, recycled and reused for collagen formation. So, now, make sure you are not bombarding your cells with SUGAR!
Some sugars are unavoidable – those which are found in vegetables, fruit and whole grains. There is good and bad sugar. Bad sugars are:
- High-fructose corn syrup (which increases the rate of gyration by 10 times)
- White sugar
- Simple carbs (white bread, white rice, white pasta – anything white)