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?