Antidepressants Add 7 Years to the Face
Facial Muscles Relaxation Results In Skin Sagging
Two studies show commonly prescribed antidepressants and anti-anxiety drugs-Zoloft, Paxil, Valium and Xanax among them-cause internal damage that accelerates premature aging, increasing wrinkling and loosening skin.
Twins On Meds Age Faster
A study of twins' use of antidepressants such as Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft and Celexa was linked to appearing up to seven years older. Published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, doctors looked at identical twins because they are genetically programmed to age at exactly the same rate.
Results showed that twins who had been divorced appeared nearly two years older than their siblings who were married, single or widowed. However, antidepressant use was associated with appearing seven years older.
Cause Of Sagging Skin
According to Dr Guyuron the continued relaxation of the facial muscles or inhibition of growth hormone (needed for skin repair) due to antidepressant use could account for sagging. Losing abnormal amounts of weight also has harmful effects on a person's appearance.
Cheat Biological Clock
"This research is important for two reasons," Dr Guyuron said. "A person's heritage may initially dictate how they age-but if you introduce certain factors into your life, you will certainly age faster. Likewise, if you avoid those factors you can slow down the hands of time. We essentially discovered that, when it comes to your face, it is possible to cheat your biological clock."
Dementia And Wrinkling
Some 112 million people receive prescriptions every year for benzodiazepines such as Valium, Xanax and Ativan for anxiety and insomnia. Usually doctors recommend their use for a few weeks, ostensibly just to get over a trying period-but many people end up using them for years. Their chronic use is linked with a vastly increased risk for dementia (memory loss)-and dementia is a cause of wrinkling. A 2012 study from the British Medical Journal found these drugs cause a 50% increase in dementia. The most recent study follows on the heels of earlier research including a 2002 report also linking their use with memory loss and a 2005 review of six studies that found half of those analyzed increased risk.
4X Increased Mortality
These drugs are also linked with a fourfold increased risk of mortality due to the hypnotic state they exert over users (causing accidents). Only 18 pills a year are needed to be used for this risk to become apparent. Certain cancers' incidence increased as well.
Accelerated Wrinkling Is A Sign Of Dementia
For years scientists have warned that an early warning sign of dementia is accelerated wrinkling alongside stooped posture, brittle bones and loss of muscle strength-all of which are strongly linked with women's beauty.
How to Counteract the Damaging Effects of Alcohol in the Skin
Written By Michael Greger M.D. FACLM on July 31st, 2018
More than a million new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed every year, affecting about one in three Americans in their lifetimes. Although the chief risk factor is UV exposure from the sun, alcohol consumption may also play a role. Most of the cancers associated with alcohol use are in the digestive tract, from mouth cancer, throat cancer, and stomach cancer down to cancers of the liver and colon. These involve tissues with which alcohol comes in more direct contact. But why skin cancer?
A study of 300,000 Americans found that excessive drinking was associated with higher rates of sunburn. It "may be that heavy and binge drinking are markers for an underlying willingness to disregard health risks" and pass out on the beach, but it also may be because breakdown products of alcohol in the body generate such massive numbers of free radicals that they eat up the antioxidants that protect our skin from the sun. Plants produce "their own built-in protection against the oxidative damage of the sun," and we can expropriate these built-in protectors by eating those plants to function as cell protectors within our own bodies. One might say fruit and vegetables provide the best polypharmacy-the best drug store-against the development of cancer.
The ingestion of plant foods increeases the antioxidant potential of our bloodstream, which can then be deposited in our tissues to protect us against the damaging effects of the sun's rays, but only recently was it put to the test.
Researchers studied 20 women and burned their buttock skin with a UV lamp before and after half of them ate three tablespoons of tomato paste a day for three months. There was significantly less DNA damage in the derrieres of those who had been eating the tomatoes. So, three months or even just ten weeks before swimsuit season, if we eat lots of an antioxidant-rich food, such as tomato sauce, we may reduce the redness of a sunburn by 40 percent. It's like we have built-in sunscreen in our skin. Now, this isn't as good as a high SPF sunblock, but "[m]uch of the UV exposure over a life time occurs when the skin is not protected; thus, the use of dietary factors with sun-protecting properties might have a substantial beneficial effect."
It works both ways, though. Alcohol consumption decreases the protection within our skin. If you have people drink about three shots of vodka, within eight minutes-not after ten weeks, but within just eight minutes--the level of carotenoid antioxidants in their skin drops dramatically. If, however, you drink the same amount of vodka in orange juice, there is still a drop in skin antioxidants compared with the initial value, but drinking a screwdriver cocktail is not as bad as drinking vodka neat. Is the difference enough to make a difference out in the sun, though?
After the drinks, researchers exposed volunteers to a UV lamp and waited to see how long it would take them to burn, and the time span until they started turning red was significantly shorter after alcohol consumption than in the experiments in which either no alcohol was consumed or alcohol was consumed in combination with orange juice. It came out to be about an extra half hour out in the sun based solely on what you put in your mouth before heading to the beach. And, oranges are pretty wimpy--not as bad as bananas, but berries have the highest cellular antioxidant activity.
The researchers concluded that "[p]eople should be aware of the fact that the consumption of alcohol in combination with UV light [from sun exposure or a tanning booth] increases their risk of sunburn and therefore their risk of developing premature skin aging and even skin cancer. If you are going to drink alcohol and be out in the sun, you should make sure you are using sunblock.
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