Fruit, veg and no alcohol is linked to fewer wrinkles in women: Dutch research

4 April 2018

Women can prevent facial wrinkles by following a healthy diet, with lots of fruits and vegetables, and no alcohol. This is shown by a study by the Erasmus MC among more than 2,700 people aged 50+, who come out today. The findings are published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology (JAAD).

"Participants who kept to the guidelines for a healthy diet, with high scores for healthy foods such as fruit, vegetables, and fish, and low scores for meat, sugar, saturated fats and alcohol, showed significantly less facial wrinkles", Selma Mekić, doctor-researcher in the dermatology department of Erasmus MC, said.

Alcohol must therefore be renounced. Mekić: "We think alcohol - like sugars - damages the normal cell processes, disrupting repair mechanisms in the skin."

"The research shows that in addition to not smoking and protecting the skin from the sun, women who wish to look younger longer may now have another way to delay the development of wrinkles. In addition, a healthier diet has been demonstrated to have significant effects on the prevention of diseases of affluence such as diabetes and cardiovascular diseases", Mekić said.

Mekić, S., Jacobs, L.C, Hamer, M.A. et al.
A healthy diet in women is associated with less facial wrinkles in a large Dutch population-based cohort. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology (2018) March.

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