Friday, September 03, 2010

Sugar feeds Cancer

A new study looks at how pancreatic cancer cells use fructose to feed cancer.

There is the thought that all sugars are the same and that it does not matter weather you eat fruit or something with high fructose corn syrup. This study suggests otherwise.

"These findings show that cancer cells can readily metabolize fructose to increase proliferation," Dr. Anthony Heaney of UCLA's Jonsson Cancer Center and colleagues wrote.

"They have major significance for cancer patients given dietary refined fructose consumption, and indicate that efforts to reduce refined fructose intake or inhibit fructose-mediated actions may disrupt cancer growth."

There is evidence that high fructose corn syrup increases risk for a number of health concerns including obesity, heart disease and diabetes.

Tumor cells thrive on sugar but they used the fructose to proliferate. "Importantly, fructose and glucose metabolism are quite different," Heaney's team wrote.

The team is trying to find a way to reprogram the cells to not be so sensitive to fructose. Why not avoid fructose?!? A cheaper and more common sense (obvious?) solution that is sure not to please the food and beverage industry. If you have cancer, please think about this. all sugars are not created equal.

Here is more from the Diet Channel...

There is also the connection between obesity and cancer.