Avoiding Glycation, Methylation, Oxidation and Inflammation are the Keys to a Long and Healthy Life
The evidence is strong that glycation is closely involved in most if not all degenerative diseases and in aging. Dealing with this and the three other '-ations' -- methylation, oxidation and inflammation- should be a priority for anyone concerned with living a fulfilling life with minimal illness.
The methylation is about gene expression and epigenetics. Your genes don't control everything happening in your body. Your genetic expression does. And that can be changed by your diet and lifestyle.
To put it simply, Glycation is caused by sugars drifting around in your blood stream. Every time you consume more sugar than your cells can take in, damage occurs.
Again, to put it simply, Oxidation is caused by free radicals from smoke, exhaust, pollution, stress, too much sunlight, prolonged extreme physical exertion (anyone running any marathons?) common topicals and pharmeceuticals like benzoyl peroxide.
And chronic inflammation is caused by all the above, other inflammatory foods and abdominal fat. In addition to added sugar, hydrogenated and trans fats are examples of other inflammatory foods to avoid. This means avoiding nearly all commercially baked goods as they nearly always contain crisco, margarine and the like, or are fried in oils that become trans fats at frying temperatures, or just plain shouldn't be consumed, period. Vegetable oil and shortening doesn't come from vegetables, btw.