brian0918 wrote: since rapidly-growing cancers require dietary sugar to thrive
Ulc wrote:brian0918 wrote: since rapidly-growing cancers require dietary sugar to thrive
So does every single cell in your entire body.
Nutrition is important for cancer yes, but not in the simple sense that you're proposing. And a important part of why hunter-gatherer societies has lower instances of cancer is that they do not live as long - cancer is primarily a disease that hits late in life, so if you're living a life where you're unlikely to reach 50 years of age, you're a lot less likely to develop cancer.
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Oregonaut wrote:Damn fetuses and their terroist plots.
vikingdave wrote:The guy who first described why cancer cells need carb won the Nobel Medicine prize (Prof. Otto Warburg, 1931) He showed that cancer cells can get their energy only from carbohydrate whilst normal cells can utilse both carb and fat for energy. This observation is used every day all over the world to diagnose cancer using PET scans (that are based on injecting "radioactive" carb and scanning for hotspots which indicate cancer cells as they are 30 times more effective in grabbing the carb than normal cells).
The difference in carbohydrate metabolism between cancer cells and normal cells has been further demonstrated by another German group who showed that a special enzyme called TKTL1 was responsible for cancer cells' dependence on carbohydrate.(Br. J. Cancer 2006)
The logical conclusion of cancer cells depending on carb for their energy and survival is to reduce carb intake (as in the Atkin's diet) and at the same time increasing fat in the diet to enable normal cells to get their energy requirements.
For further information check internet for low carbo diet + cancer
brian0918 wrote:This might explain why cancer has exploded in prevalence in the last few decades, simultaneously with increased consumption of highly-refined (i.e. rapidly-digested, simple) carbohydrates.
brian0918 wrote:What are your thoughts on the basic idea that, since rapidly-growing cancers require dietary sugar to thrive, simply removing the dietary sugar could help fight the spread of cancer throughout the body?
This might explain why cancer has exploded in prevalence in the last few decades, simultaneously with increased consumption of highly-refined (i.e. rapidly-digested, simple) carbohydrates. It might also explain why hunter-gatherer societies have much fewer occurrences of cancer, even after factoring for life expectancy (e.g. for female reproductive cancers). And when hunter gatherers are introduced to the western diet, they more frequently develop any of a variety of common western diseases (heart disease, diabetes, cancer, obesity, etc.).
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