Maybe this is just because I’m the child of two dentists and was denied candy and chocolate for most of my childhood, but I can’t think of anything that would seriously compel me to give up sugar for good. I’m serious. I think I would have an easier time forgoing almost anything else, be it nicotine, alcohol, sex or sleep.

After all, dessert is what makes life worth living, and if you’ve got a serious sweet tooth like I have then it’s almost impossible to go without. I’ve always imagined that even if giving up sugar was actually the secret to eternal youth and immortality I still wouldn’t give the idea of kicking the habit a second thought.

But maybe instead of confectionary treats, I should be eating my own words instead. Because it turns out that giving up sugar might just be the secret to eternal youth after all! Forget botox, facials, and moisturizing cream – one extra hot septuagenarian has proven that banishing sugar from your diet and cutting out sweet stuff can keep your wrinkles at bay and preserve your youth and beauty well into retirement.

Carolyn Hartz gave up sugar nearly three decades ago in a bid to stay wrinkle-free and healthy. Needless to say, she hasn’t looked back since. She used to be addicted to sweets and chocolate, but after she made a drastic change to her sugar intake, her youthful looks were so noticeable that it was like she’d been preserved in stasis.

The mother-of-three and entrepreneur, who hails from Perth in Australia, stated in a recent interview with The Daily Mail that she glowing complexion can be credited to her switching sugar for sweeteners such as Xylitol instead.

“A lot of women post 50 think that it’s not possible to maintain a reasonable shape and weight when they reach 50 or beyond. I even speak to women who are in their 40s and who have had children and think they cannot regain their post-baby body.”

“We know our metabolism slows down as we get older it just means we have to take control and make healthier choices and work a little harder. I believe it is very important to be aware of the type of food you eat and the quantity of food you eat. Being mindful while you are eating is a huge factor.”

Hartz added that a regular sleep cycle of eight hours a day is also crucial to one’s health, and stated: “I meditate every day usually in the morning it means I have to get up half an hour earlier but the benefits during my working day is enormous. I am so much calmer and intuitive since I have been meditating. I only started meditating at 65 so it is never too late.”

However, this isn’t the first time that an older person has wowed the internet with their good looks. Check out the woman who is so youthful that people think she’s her 22-year-old son’s girlfriend.