More and more studies are showing the benefits of a ketogenic, low carb paleo approach to fighting cancer and many other ailments.
- Dietary carbohydrates convert to blood sugars and feed cancer cells.
- Dietary carbohydrates elevate blood sugar levels
- Included are links to studies showing possible low carb ketogenic benefits in fighting cancer.
I follow a very low carb, very high fat, ketogenic-like diet that I call ‘low carb paleo‘. In addition to being very low carb, I also avoid processed foods, sweeteners (artificial or not) and vegetable oils … foods that could be considered ‘low carb’ but may cause inflammation for other reasons.
Time for my usual disclaimers. I am not a doctor, nutritionist nor dietitian…but I did stay at a Holiday Inn last night. Read the studies and articles from experts and question everything!
Cancer and Blood Sugar
Before we begin. carbohydrates convert to blood sugar or glucose in the body. That’s a fact and why a low carbohydrate diet benefits diabetics. But what about cancer?
Does Sugar Feed Cancer? Aug, 2009
Researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah have uncovered new information on the notion that sugar “feeds” tumors. The findings may also have implications for other diseases such as diabetes.
Hmmmm, Sugar feeding tumors. Also reducing “sugar” may have implications for diabetes and other diseases? …you don’t say. :) Lucky for me I eat a low inflammatory, low carbohydrate meal plan!
“It’s been known since 1923 that tumor cells use a lot more glucose than normal cells. Our research helps show how this process takes place, and how it might be stopped to control tumor growth,” says Don Ayer, Ph.D., a Huntsman Cancer Institute investigator and professor in the Department of Oncological Sciences at the University of Utah.
“They” have known since 1923 that low carbohydrates are a “treatment” for many diseases INCLUDING diabetes.
Cancers’ Sweet Tooth May Be Weakness Nov, 2009
Scientists who study cancer have known for decades that cancer cells tend to consume more glucose, or blood sugar, than healthy cells. This tendency is known as the “Warburg effect,” honoring discoverer Otto Warburg, a German biochemist who won the 1931 Nobel Prize in Medicine. Now a Winship-led team has identified a way to possibly exploit cancer cells’ taste for glucose.
“Even if they have oxygen, cancer cells still prefer glycolysis,” Chen says. “They depend on it to grow quickly.”
Since early 2007, Dr. Melanie Schmidt and biologist Ulrike Kämmerer, both at the Würzburg hospital, have been enrolling cancer patients in a Phase I clinical study of a most unexpected medication: fat. Their trial puts patients on a so-called ketogenic diet, which eliminates almost all carbohydrates, including sugar, and provides energy only from high-quality plant oils, such as hempseed and linseed oil, and protein from soy and animal products.
The theory is simple: If most aggressive cancers rely on the fermentation of sugar for growing and dividing, then take away the sugar and they should stop spreading. Meanwhile, normal body and brain cells should be able to handle the sugar starvation; they can switch to generating energy from fatty molecules called ketone bodies — the body’s main source of energy on a fat-rich diet — an ability that some or most fast-growing and invasive cancers seem to lack.
Other Low Carb Paleo Studies
Fasting and Cancer – Fasting is VERY low carb.
A low carb paleo diet and lifestyle has greatly benefited my health and fitness, including successfully self treating my diabetes. I truly believe it’s a healthy diet and lifestyle for all.
More and more studies and personal stories are documenting the benefits of a low carb paleo approach for a host of diseases… including cancer.
If a friend or loved one had cancer I would be pushing them to try low carb paleo…BIG TIME.
START acting like you slept at a HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS LAST NIGHT!!!
Reduce Your Blood Sugar the Warrior Way
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