The Ketogenic Diet And Cancer
The Ketogenic Diet And Cancer
Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States. Therapeutic approaches to treating this wide-range suffering cannot be met by technological growth in pharmacology, genetic therapy, or surgery.
It should be obvious that the real solution for treating cancer and disease is not found in a man-made pill but rather is found in regulating the metabolic functions within our bodies. The Ketogenic Diet, a high-fat/low-carbohydrate/adequate-protein diet, has recently been proposed as an adjuvant therapy in cancer treatment.
The Keto Diet Starves Cancer
A leading cell biologist who led to the discovery that cancer cells are unable to flourish using energy produced from cellular respiration, but instead from glucose fermentation. With ketogenic diets, lowering carbohydrates will reduce your levels of glucose, the fuel that feeds cancer cells. This will put your body into ketosis and will assist in depleting cancer cells of their energy supply.
A ketogenic diet can lower blood sugar levels. This may help reduce tumor growth and even starve cancer cells of energy.
Cancer And Blood Sugar
Many cancer therapies are designed to target the biological differences between cancer cells and normal cells. Nearly all cancer cells share one common trait: they feed off carbs or blood sugar in order to grow and multiply.
When you eat a ketogenic diet, some of the standard metabolic processes are altered and your blood sugar levels go way down. Basically, this is claimed to "starve" the cancer cells of fuel.
As in all living cells, the long-term effect of this "starvation" may be that the cancer cells will grow more slowly, decrease in size or possibly even die.
It seems possible that a ketogenic diet could help reduce the progression of cancer because it causes a rapid decrease in blood sugar levels. Beyond lowering blood sugar, the ketogenic diets may also help treat cancer via other mechanisms. These include lowering calories, reducing insulin and increasing ketones.
Reducing Calories. Eliminating carbs can quickly lower calorie intake, reducing the energy available to the cells in your body. In turn, this may slow down tumor growth and cancer's progression.
Lowered Insulin. Insulin is an anabolic hormone. That means when it's present, it makes cells grow, including cancerous ones. Therefore lower insulin may slow tumor growth.
Increased Ketones. Cancer cells cannot use ketones as fuel. Research shows that ketones may reduce tumor size and growth.
Research in humans is only just emerging. At present, the limited research does seem to show that a ketogenic diet may reduce tumor size and rate of progression in certain cancers. There are also some mechanisms that suggest a ketogenic diet may help prevent the development of cancer in the first place. Primarily, it may reduce several of the main risk factors for cancer.
There’s no one food that can cure cancer. While researchers are starting to find some links between nutrition and cancer, more research is needed. Although of all the treatments tested, the keto diet performed best at both keeping blood sugar and insulin in check and simultaneously inhibiting tumor growth signals.
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