Hello everyone, this is Tomomi Kikumoto, the HR manager at HACARUS. Today, I’d like to share some information regarding glycation and how it affects your health.
This year feels like it has come and gone in an instant as October is already coming to an end. Along with the changing of the seasons is a change in the weather. The blistering summer heat has quickly been replaced with chilly autumn temperatures. The mornings and evenings are so cold that you might even think winter has come early.
Autumn has a unique atmosphere here in Japan. It is a period filled with seasonal food and drinks, and it is easy to partake in a variety of leisure activities including exercise, reading, and travel. It also looks like the end of the pandemic may be around the corner. Each week the number of cases continues to drop, and the chances of another outbreak seem relatively low.
Even though the COVID situation is improving, it will continue to change the way we look at life for years to come. One of these changes is the way we approach employee health. At HACARUS, we take employee health very seriously and have recently rented a machine that can test internal glycemic levels.
What is Glycation?
First, I want to talk a little about what glycation is. The human body requires a large amount of sugar that serves as the energy source for our daily activities. However, as we age, our bodies require less sugar to function. This is because our base metabolism gets slower, making us less energy efficient. If we continue to consume the same level of sugar as when we were younger, the excess sugar will accumulate and begin to combine with proteins to form end glycation products (AGE) in the body.
Glycation causes collagen in the body to mutate and blood vessels to become brittle. This prevents nutrients from reaching all parts of the body. This can result in cancer and other lifestyle-related diseases. It can also lead to the aging of skin and hair, causing spots, wrinkles, sagging, gray hair, and hair loss.
What happens when Glycation continues?
In addition to the negative side effects listed above, glycation can also put you at risk for serious diseases such as diabetes, arteriosclerosis, hypertension, cataracts, Alzheimer’s disease, and bone loss. Most of these diseases are hard to self-diagnose, so you may not even be aware of your condition.
Using the machine we just rented, we are able to measure the degree of glycation for HACARUS employees by simply placing a small device on the skin for about a minute. This machine is extremely convenient and can help improve the health and productivity of each employee.
Self-Check Glycation Testing
Most hospitals offer glycation tests, but they are expensive. Some tests can even cost over 10,000 yen. Even if you aren’t able to have it checked by a medical professional, you can still perform a self-check. Everyone should perform a self-check regularly and correct any of the following poor habits:
- I eat too fast
- I eat carbohydrates first.
- I prefer carbohydrates such as rice, bread, and noodles.
- I eat rice bowls, udon, or ramen more than 3 times a week.
- I don’t eat my recommended servings of fruit and vegetables daily.
- I tend to feel euphoria after eating sweets.
- I feel very tired or sleepy after eating lunch.
- I have high levels of stress.
- I live a very structured lifestyle.
- I walk for less than 30 minutes a day.
If you checked most of these boxes, there is a chance that you may have advanced glycation.😰😰
Let’s Reevaluate our lifestyle!
To prevent lifestyle-related diseases, it is important to follow healthy practices. Some areas to pay attention to are your diet, sleep, and exercise habits. Here are several tips to help prevent glycation.
- Eat fried foods and sweets in moderation.
- Chew your food slowly and thoroughly.
- Try to eat only until you feel satisfied and don’t overeat.
- Eat vegetables, proteins, and carbohydrates in this order.
- In addition to these tips, it is important to get adequate sleep and exercise.
Let’s review our lifestyle and enjoy this fall in a healthy way!
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