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“The Link Between Sugar & Cancer” An Article Summary

I was provided this article by a medical colleague of mine, and after glancing it over realized I needed to share this easy-to-digest information with all of you!

Cancer affects many of our lives, directly or indirectly through loved ones, family or friends. But over the last few decades, research to treat and overcome this disease has been consistent and with progressing success. One of the prime suspects in this search has been the Western Diet that is linked to a host of health concerns.

And could you guess the most prominent culprit, lingering among the topic of conversation? Sugar.

Sugar has had its face on wanted posters for hiding within faux-healthy foods, raising blood pressure, placing high stress on your liver and kidneys, as well as influencing inflammation and chronic disease.

Today, I want to summarize this article with some big points you can easily understand, share, and implement into your life today to live better…

If you want to follow mine along or make some notes yourself, save and print this excerpt as a PDF by clicking this link

For each of the highlighted sections below, I’ll quote it below and share some of my thoughts as well as making it more digestible to understand.

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“…tumors convert much higher amounts of sugar into lactic acid than noncancerous human cells convert sugar into carbon dioxide.”

The muscle burning sensation you get from an intense hike, workout, or carrying something for a long amount of time is known as a lactic acid build-up. Well, for workouts that is all fine and dandy, but in the case of tumorous cells, the build-up of lactic acid from eating/drinking sugars is something you are not wanting to achieve. Avoid ingesting sugars to slow the build-up of lactic acid, which in this case leads to a faster degeneration of cells.

“The key finding from the group’s new research conducted over 9 years is the identification of the mechanism by which the elevated rate of sugar breakdown stimulates tumor growth.”

More sugar in the body ⇒ More taxing on internal organs to filter out ⇒ Cancerous/Pre-Cancerous cells grow with exposure to sugar ⇒ Increased appearance of dangerous cells in the body

“The key finding is that an intermediate compound in the sugar breakdown pathway (fructose 1,6-bisphosphate) is a potent activator of the Ras proteins, which are important controllers of cell proliferation in human cancer cells”

(proliferation: a rapid increase of). This study pinpoints the mechanism in the breakdown of sugar that is responsible for the rapid increase of cancer cells, which is fructose 1,6-bisphosphate.

“The experiments took a much closer look at cancer cells under a much finer microscope than many practicing oncologists may deal with on a daily basis, but they have important implications for patients undergoing treatment highlighting the risk of stimulating cancer with high sugar feeding

The final underlines portion is what I found intriguing and an immediate takeaway from this article; if you are undergoing cancer treatment, a high sugar intake runs a big risk of stimulating its growth instead of diminishing it.

“The fermentation pathway for sugar breakdown in yeast and human cells is the same except for the last step: in yeast, ethanol is the final product, [whereas] in mammalian or cancer cells lactic acid is the final product.”

The study used yeast as their ‘sample population’ because we as humans interact nearly the same as yeast to sugars. I found that very interesting!

“Regular human cells have proper mechanisms to break down sugar in a controlled manner through respiration, and they can also properly handle an occasional switch to fermentation, as happens for instance in muscle cells.”

Non-cancerous human cells have the ability to interact with and deal with the sugar it comes in contact with.

““Sugar can stimulate the aggressiveness of cancer, and that should be taken into account in providing sugar to cancer patients, especially high levels of rapidly used sugars like glucose.”

Glucose is the most readily available sugar to ingest and use as fuel because it is readily broken down and converted into energy (a process known as glycolysis). Imagine this as a sugar molecule on steroids, since it can begin to invade the body right away. If you or someone you know could benefit from this information, please pass it along!

“When cancer patients need an energy-rich diet to strengthen their health in order to better support the burden of chemotherapy, it might be advisable to avoid high-sugar diets and use other energy-rich diets instead.”

Food is Medicine! Relying on a diet focused on ingesting whole grains or carbohydrates will only transport more sugar into your body; carbohydrates are broken down by your liver and kidneys to release glucose (which we talked about above). Instead, utilizing a nutritional approach focused on fats, proteins, and non-starchy vegetables (along with the doctor recommended healing protocol) will provide the body with more nutrients, healing, and positive factors when compared to the other.


I am not a medical doctor, so please do not take this as direct medical advice. This is the review of a medical study, and the information here is meant to educate and guide decisions, and maybe even bring this to your primary care physician if this can be of assistance to you or a loved one’s life.

If you have questions about today’s article, leave them a comment and I’ll be sure to answer it and guide you the best I can. Or, if you want to stay up to date with my coaching, writings, and personal journey, be sure to follow me on social media. Again, hank you for your continued support.

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