Cancer Loves Sugar and How a Good Diet/Nutrition Plan Can Help

Cancer loves sugar and how a good diet/nutrition plan can help

A study performed at the University of California, Los Angeles found tumor cells fed both glucose and fructose used the two sugars in two different ways,

Pancreatic tumor cells use fructose to grow and multiply within the body, U.S. researchers said that the challenges the common wisdom that all sugars are the same.

They said the findings which are published in the Journal of Cancer Research, may  explain other research that has linked fructose consumption with pancreatic cancer. Pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest types with a low 5 year survival rate.

Dr. Anthony Heaney of UCLA’s Johnson Cancer Center and colleagues wrote. “These results show that cancer cells can easily metabolize fructose to increase proliferation,”

“This has a major significance for people suffering from cancer who are given dietary refined fructose consumption, and indicates that steps should be taken to reduce refined fructose intake or inhibit fructose-mediated actions that may disrupt cancer growth.”

The United States takes in excessive amounts of fructose, mainly in high fructose corn syrup, a mix of fructose and glucose that is used in soft drinks. It is also added to breads and a range of other foods.

Health experts, politicians, and the food industry have debated whether high fructose corn syrup and other ingredients have been helping to make Americans fatter and unhealthy.

Too much sugar of any kind not only causes weight gain, but is also a key factor in diabetes, heart disease and stroke. This is according to the American Heart Association (AHA).

Several states, including California and New York, have started a tax on sweetened soft drinks to offset the cost of treating obesity-related diseases such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes.

The American Beverage Association, whose members include Coca-Cola and Pepsi have strongly, and successfully, opposed efforts to tax soda.

The food industry has also argued that sugar is sugar.

Dr. Heaney stated his team found otherwise. They grew pancreatic cancer cells in lab dishes and gave them both glucose and fructose.

Tumor cells thrive on sugar, but they used the fructose to grow and multiply. “Importantly, fructose and glucose metabolism are quite different,” Heaney’s team wrote.

Heaney said in a statement.”I think this paper has a lot of public health implications. Hopefully, at the federal level there will be some effort to step back on the amount of high fructose corn syrup in our diets.”

Now the team and the pharmaceutical industry hopes to develop a drug that might stop tumor cells from making use of fructose.

In 2004, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that U.S. consumption of high fructose corn syrup went up 1,000 percent between 1970 and 1990.

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