Our skin contains collagen and elastin – and as we get older we make less of both. As the BBC 1 programme how How to Stay Young explained this evening – diabetes can prematurely age us.
Diabetics make too much glucose which damages the structure of our collagen – so diabetics need to take even more care with their diets and supplement intake.
Studies have shown that blood sugar and insulin levels remain more stable in diabetics who consume more collagen protein.
Angela Rippon in the show explained how volunteer Tina’s diabetes was ageing her skin from the inside out.
As well as being put on a strict diet to reduce fat in her liver and pancreas, helping them to return to normal function and regulate her blood sugar, perhaps increasing collagen inside the system could help with premature ageing on the outside.
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