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An Ounce of Prevention

John-William-Godward---An-Offering-to-VenusIt may be as long as 10-20 years, before someone with diabetes may develop visible complications surface in the form of skin problems.

Of course the best time to start fighting for your skin’s beauty and radiance is when it is still healthy.

However, it is never too late to start caring for your skin, even when you start develop dryness and increased sensitivity.

Diabetes may make your skin age faster due to Advanced Glycation End products, which accumulate in the skin when sugars attach to proteins. 

Fortunately, there are some substances that are known to counteract glycation. Those include the antioxidant compound alpha-lipoic acid, carnosine and copper peptide GHK-Cu (discovered originally by Dr. Loren Pickart in 1973). GHK has been shown to inhibit the damaging glycation of copper, zinc-superoxide dismutase caused by fructose, and was more active than carnosine in this respect. 

It has further been shown that protein glycation in diabetics is linked to excessive production of free radicals in the mitochondria. Antioxidant compounds including coenzyme Q10 and alpha-lipoic acid can protect mitochondria from oxidative damage and reduce protein glycation.

Copper peptides (especially GHK-Cu) play important role in antioxidant defense, increasing the level of the skin’s own antioxidants, as well as detoxifying harmful products of excessive peroxidation. By supplying your skin with those protective factors, you can do your utmost to help its appearance and bring forward its natural radiance.

Remember, simple healthy skin care methods, such as the regular moisturization and application of emollients as well as supplying your skin with natural nutritional regenerative factors, may go a long way in keeping your skin looking youthful, smooth and vibrant for years.

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Dr. Loren Pickart who has a BA in Chemistry and Mathematics from the University of Minnesota and a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of California, San Francisco is dedicated to the research and further discussion of biochemistry, science, and health in all its applications.

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