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~ Carbs and Cancer ~

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

... from: Paleo Magazine Feb/Mar 2012 11 Short Plate
A review study in the October 2011 issue of Nutrition & Metabolism looked at the possible beneficial effects of a low carbohydrate diet on cancer prevention and treatment. Recent evidence has caused some to suggest that reducing carbohydrate intake may be able to suppress, or delay, the start of cancer and/or the growth of existing tumors might be slowed down (... or in my case, "preventing a recurrence"). The reasons for this hypothesis? Most malignant cells depend on glucose for energy, high insulin and IGF-1 levels can promote tumor cell proliferation and ketone bodies may not be usable by tumor cells for metabolic demands. In the course of their review, the study’s authors did conclude that evidence does exist showing chronically elevated blood glucose, insulin and IFG-1 levels can make it easier for new tumors to grow and that restricting carbohydrates may be beneficial in reducing your risk of developing cancer in the first place. But wait. It gets even better.

Another potential benefit of a low carbohydrate diet is the positive effect it can have on inflammation, which “is a well-established driver of early tumorigenesis and accompanies most, if not all cancers.” Fortunately for us, by eliminating grains, the paleo diet does a great job of reducing inflammation. Why? According to the researchers, “grains can induce inflammation in susceptible individuals due to their content of omega-6 fatty acids, lectins and gluten.” And while the paleo diet is not necessarily a low carb diet, those eating paleo tend to replace high-GI foods with other, lower GI foods like vegetables, thus reducing the glycemic load, which can also have a positive effect on cancer.

Klement, R. J., Kammerer, U. (2011). Is there a
role for carbohydrate restriction in the treatment and
prevention of cancer? Nutrition & Metabolism, 8:75.

... yet another reason to make more of an effort to curb/cure my "sweet tooth", but it is not easy! emoticon ... ~ Dee emoticon

Member Comments About This Blog Post:

    I loved this! It made me feel great. Even though I am far from eating the way I want to I know I'm on the right tract. You're the best!!

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MRS_TOAD 5/24/2013 8:57AM

    This is disturbing info to me. Our household eats way too many carbs!

Thanks for this valuable info.

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REJ7777 5/23/2013 3:55PM

    Good to know. emoticon

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SENATOR9 5/23/2013 3:13PM


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TIME2BLOOM4ME 5/23/2013 1:21PM

    emoticon Thanks for the info.

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SWIRLYWHIRL 5/22/2013 10:20PM

    Combine what you learned here with the information available online about alkalinity curing and prevent cancer and everything in life begins to make perfect sense!!!!

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RAINBOWMF 5/22/2013 9:02PM


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    After the first 5-7 days, the physical sugar cravings disappear.. completely.. at times I will mentally crave sugar but I have some berries and that seems to satisfy the craving..

Interesting article..

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STONECOT 5/22/2013 5:25PM

    Intermittent Fasting and the 5:2 fasting programmes show the same effect of lowering the IFG-1 marker considerably. Even eating a normal diet on the non fast days doesn't stop the reduction. Whether that's due to the natural limit on carbs, or due to the restriction of calories I don't know. I don't actually like most grain products, nor do I have a sweet tooth, so I hope to avoid a reoccurrence on both counts, fasting and low carb diet!

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ALESHAWALKER 5/22/2013 3:35PM

    Great to hear!

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ANASARI 5/22/2013 2:27PM

    This is great! I do low-carb, which just happens to be mostly paleo, and I love it. Research like this just makes me so happy to see, and so sure that I am finally "doing it right"! Thanks for sharing!

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HEALTHY4ME 5/22/2013 2:21PM

    OH Dee you can do it!!! Do it with me. I have been sugar and dairy ( no problem for dairy) since Feb. gf from feb till mid march ate gluten for 2 wks to get bld work done and then back off gluten.
I don't find the sugar that hard otther than really have to search or make your own stuff..
Good luck and I know you can!!!!

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