Sugar may not necessarily cause cancer but it does cause obesity which does cause cancer. Healthy cells and cancer cells break down sugar in different ways. It has been shown that glucose can trigger cell growth. Glocose also plays a part in cancer progression. The bodies of overweight people manage sugar differently than the bodies of people who are not overweight. High blood sugar and higher insulin levels are also factors that cause certain cancers.
- Cancer cells ferment sugar into lactate, rather than breaking it into carbon dioxide and water.
- There may be a link between RAS pathways, that promote cellular growth, and how cancer cells use sugar.
- Cancer patients should change their diets to consume fewer simple sugars and more complex sugars.
“look for alternative ways of providing sugar and energy to cancer patients rather than rapidly metabolized simple sugars”