Cancer is by far one of thee biggest enemies that human kind has had to fight. Each year 7.6 million people die from cancer each year. It has been the focus of countless benefits, fundraisers and global outreach programs all over the world. While the money from these sources keeps rolling in to search for a cure, scientists are still desperately searching. There are numerous medications to fight the growth of the disease, but very few people view diet as a way to fight cancer. Low carb diets could be offer a glimmer of hope.
Researchers in British Columbia have found a way to slow the progress of the disease. Using mice, they tested their theory. Since cancer cells rely on glucose (blood sugar) for fuel, they placed the mice on low carb diets. These high protein, low carb diets slowed the growth of the cancer cells when compared to the mice that were fed a mixed western type of diet. Scientists also used mice that were genetically prone to developing cancerous tumors.
To add to the research further, animals fed a low carb diet from birth showed no signs of cancerous tumors in the first year. 50% of the animals that were fed a western diet with in the first year of life developed tumors.
Although this research is based on the results of mice, human cancer cells also use glucose as fuel. This science on low carb diets could offer hope for those who are fighting the disease, or would like to prevent it. If you love this fitness tip, please send it to your friends and family using the “share” button at the top of the article!
This research was pulled from Fitness Rx. ( Source: Cancer research, 71: 4484-4493)
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