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Sugar isn't so sweet

Monday, June 18, 2012

Well, the news was what we feared only maybe a little worse. 5 spots including one that is about 4.5 cm and pressing on Mom's kidney, or the part of the ureter that connects to the kidney. Mom will need a stent in that and then...more chemo. So. This is I guess just what happens when you have a stage IV cancer that got a really good toehold.
For the CAT scan, Mom drank a radioactive sugar, basically. And they could tell it was an active cancer because cancer cells LOVE sugar. They just go for it and eat it up. "Abnormal uptake" of the glucose....indicating active cancer cells feasting happily on this sugar that lit them up for us to see.
I am going to drastically reduce my sugar intake, in all forms--I am just NOT going to give any cancer cells a treat. We all have some cancer cells floating around--just usually the immune system can sweep 'em out.
I have learned a lot about cancer this year, but this one really makes me mad. All those little sweet treats that I was only worried about the calories have a much bigger potential risk than being turned to fat.
Is there anything good about refined sugar? Taste, I guess. But to me it is leaving a very bad after taste.
I am not saying sugar causes cancer. I am saying sugar feeds cancer, and you can watch it happen on a PET/CAT scan. Why give it a permanent place at the table?
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    I am sorry for what you are going through and I am sorry for your mom.

    Thank you for sharing your experience with us. I had no idea that sugar fed cancer cells... emoticon

    This news also makes me rethink the harm all of those sugary snacks are doing to my body. All the more reason for me to continue in my quest to break my addiction to refined sugars. I've not been greatly successful thus far, but this news may just be the added incentive I need.
    2035 days ago
    Sorry about your mother and hope for the best for her. This was an eye-opener about sugar. -- Lou
    2035 days ago
    You know, I wonder if the artificial sweeteners - some of them, at least - also 'feed' cancer cells. In the last two years, I've had two family members and three friends who've had bouts with bladder cancer. In each case, it was caught early and dealt with thru relatively simple procedures, tho of course all five will be monitored closely now. They range in age from 43 to 80, and live in very different areas of the US. The one commonality? All five are heavy artificial sweetener users, two of them adding saccharine to coffee / tea (hot drinks) and the other three daily non-cal soda / iced tea drinkers. I don't know that there's any connection, but between that and what you've written, it makes me wonder...
    2038 days ago
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