Stop Feeding Cancer: 5 Evidence that Sugar Fuels Cancer Growth


Cancer is not a curse – it is a lifestyle! You may have certain genetic risk factors for cancer, however, it is your lifestyle that activates those genes and allows cancer to develop. In fact, cancer develops over many years as a result of the combined effect of daily lifestyle choices. New research, reported in the New York Times Health blog, adds further evidence that sugar consumption – especially sugary drinks fuels the growth of cancer.

Cancer cells need glucose. In fact they can make it themselves. Not enough to grow, but enough to survive. They need you to feed them glucose to grow.

They make their energy from the first step of the normal process – but in the absence of oxygen – it is called anaerobic glycolysis.

The waste product from this process of anaerobic glycolysis is a form of lactic acid, which can only be broken down by the liver. So the lactic acid passes from the cancer cell to the liver where it is broken down. And the waste product of that process is …………. glucose! This then passes back round the body to feed the cancer cell. This cycle can take over the body in cancer.

Of course, as cancers grow they need more and more glucose. But don´t worry. The NHS dieticians will tell you that if you are having chemotherapy, you should eat lots of calories – from fatty foods, dairy and glucose. This is to protect the seven per cent of patients that experience serious weight loss (cachexia) due to the drugs – and we couldn´t possibly have drugs killing people, could we? In the defence of NHS dieticians, they are so overworked they only get time to see the people who are seriously ill from cachexia. The majority of patients have little or no problems, but still get the booklet to read!

One study was specifically for brain tumours. The research makes a mockery of NHS booklets that encourage a diet of cheeseburgers, sticky buns, milkshakes and sweet, sugary tea during chemotherapy.

Another study in the Journal of Clinical Investigation January 2014, actually showed glucose caused cancer.

Cancer cells need supplies of common glucose to grow

The breakdown of glucose to provide energy is called glycolysis. In a healthy cell, glucose is converted in the cellular cytoplasm in a multi-step process to pyruvate, which passes into the mitochondria (or power stations) to be ´burned´ in another multi-step process in the presence of oxygen. This process involves electron transfer in the mitochondrial membrane.

Healthy cells can use other forms of ´food´ like fats, as precursors.

Cancer cells cannot. They can only derive energy from glycolysis and fermentation in the cytoplasm. The mitochondria have been ´knocked out´ of the process. A further complication is that under normal circumstances, the mitochondria regulate the cell – if something is flawed in the cell, the mitochondria can cause cell death. This mechanism is also lost in cancer. Even if oxygen is restored to the cells, there is little evidence that mitochondria can switch back on again.

This 2009 study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, showed the dramatic anti-cancer effect of adopting just four very simple lifestyle modifications. The researchers showed that more than a third of all cancers were prevented in participants who simply adhered to 4 simple behaviors (not smoking, exercising 3.5 hours a week, eating a healthy diet [fruits, vegetables, beans, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and limited amounts of meat], and maintaining a healthy weight . So much more than this is possible when we maximize these lifestyle choices. Here are some great tips to help you do just that.

1.Eliminate Refined Sugar – Sugar feeds tumor cells. Sugar creates an acidic environment in the body that allows tumors to thrive! Over-consumption of sugar and refined carbohydrates causes inflammation throughout your body as well. Inflammation is an underlying cause of many diseases, from heart disease and diabetes to cancer.

2.Maximize Plant-Based Nutrition – Vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds are the only source essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that support your immune system. Vegetables contain many thousands of phytochemicals that literally kill cancer cells.

3.Bask in the Sunshine – We have been taught to avoid sunshine because it causes skin cancer. However, this has only resulted in more carcinoma cases. Why? Because unprotected sun exposure is how your body makes vitamin D. Other than supplementation, you do not get significant amounts of vitamin D from any other other source. Vitamin D is essential for your immune system to function normally and kill cancerous cells. We were created to thrive on sunshine – our bodies require it!

4.Optimize the Healing Power of Your Nervous System – Your nervous system controls all health and healing in your entire body, including your immune system. When it is stressed, your healing is hampered. Chiropractic physicians are specifically trained to correct this cause of disease. Dr. Ronald Pero, the chief of cancer prevention research at New York’s Preventative Medicine Institute found that people who received regular chiropractic care over a five-year period had a 200% greater immune competence than those who had not received chiropractic care. The chiropractic group also showed a 400% greater immune competence than people with cancer and other serious diseases.

5.Detoxify Your Life – Toxic chemicals are everywhere in our modern society. From our foods, medicines and vaccines to our skin care and personal care products. We are overloaded with toxicity, especially in the U.S. This toxicity weakens our immune system, preventing it from killing cancerous tumor cells as it normally does day in and day out.

6.Boost Your Oxygen Intake – Every cell of your body requires oxygen for normal metabolism, to produce energy and to rid itself of toxins. When cellular metabolism is interfered with and toxicity builds up, cancer is the natural result. To effectively deliver oxygen into the three trillion cells of your body, you need regular, high intensity exercise. Exercise is not only good for your heart but it prevents cancer as well. Recent research has shown that simply walking one hour each day lowers breast cancer risk by 14 percent. However, performing more vigorous exercise (high intensity interval training, for example) lowers your risk by at least 25 percent.


References for this Article:

Sugar Makes Cancer Light-Up in MRI Scanners

New MRI research reveals cancer cells thrive on processed sugar

Healthy living is the best revenge: findings from the European Prospective Investigation Into Cancer and Nutrition-Potsdam study. Arch Intern Med. 2009 Aug 10;169(15):1355-62. doi: 10.1001/archinternmed.2009.237.

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Geary Andrew
Bachelor of Science, Psychology, Minor in business and liberal arts. I've written about health for more than a decade. Veteran freelance writer with expertise in health, wellness, parenting and lifestyle issues. I am passionate about educating and empowering people to achieve and maintain optimal health and is committed to providing the highest quality health care.