As you sit down to eat a family meal this holiday season, you might want to contemplate how those calories are affecting your looks. While many cosmetic procedures contain anti-aging therapies, a new study suggests that individuals can help the fight against aging by simply cutting their caloric intake.
The Daily Mail reports that researchers from Sweden's University of Gothenburg say that reducing the consumption of sugar and protein while maintaining a healthy intake of vitamins and minerals could add years to an individual's life and help him or her maintain a youthful appearance.
"We are able to show that caloric restriction slows down aging by preventing an enzyme, peroxiredoxin, from being inactivated," study author Mikael Molin told the newspaper. "This enzyme is also extremely important in counteracting damage to our genetic material."
While the study may prompt some to eat less, it probably won't erase the need for many to seek out Botox and fillers. Those who already exhibit signs of aging may not be able to "erase" fine lines and wrinkles through a lighter diet, like Botox and other approved neurotoxins can.
Botox was the most common non-surgical cosmetic procedure performed by plastic surgeons during 2010, with more than 2.4 million individuals getting the injectable, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
Regardless of how much a lower-calorie diet might affect your face, following a healthy, well-balanced diet is a good idea for most people. Always consult with your physician when making any significant changes to your diet and health regimen.
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