There’s nothing scarier than getting the news you have cancer.
You know the odds. Cancer kills more Americans than anything except heart disease.
And you know the treatment can be a nightmare, too. So even surviving the battle can leave you a shell of yourself.
But there IS a way to gain an edge over this terrible disease. It could help fight the cancer… preserve your quality of life… and maybe even make mainstream treatments more effective.
And as a bonus? It’s a two-for-one deal because this same step can also help fight against heart disease.
A low carb diet could help fight cancer
Cancer is a HUNGRY illness. Cancer cells need constant fuel to grow and spread.
Many tumor cells get that fuel by hijacking your bloodstream to siphon off glucose, which they then burn for energy. And since most people – especially folks on a typical Western diet – have PLENTY of glucose pumping through their blood vessels, cancer always has an endless supply of food on hand.
But new research shows how you can CUT OFF that fuel source and STARVE the tumor. The case report follows a British man with an especially deadly form of brain cancer.
This type of cancer often kills its victims in less than a year. But the subject of the report has survived for more than 7 years simply by switching to a ketogenic diet.
Now I’ve talked about the Keto diet many times here in Healthier Talk before. It’s a form of low-carb dieting that dramatically reduces glucose in the blood.
Now Keto didn’t cure his cancer, of course. But it DID drastically slow the growth of the tumor.
And that Keto approach combined with an IDH1 mutation has dramatically increased his survival time. Scientists believe the mutation works in tandem with the diet, each one targeting a different pathway to slow the tumor’s growth.
Keto sends survival rates soaring
That’s a single case report. But it gels with the growing evidence about the positive effects the Keto diet could have on cancer. The research so far points to the very low blood sugar levels of the diet helping to put the brakes on tumor growth.
One study on mice found a Keto diet increased survival by 56 percent. That jumped to 78 percent when combined with oxygen therapy. Meanwhile, other animal studies have also found this approach slows the growth of many types of tumors.
Some human studies have revealed that Keto is even more effective when combined with other more traditional treatments for cancer. Research published in 2017, for example, found the Keto diet may help improve how tumors respond to chemotherapeutic and radiotherapeutic treatments.
This approach won’t necessarily work for everyone or on all cancers, of course. But the science IS encouraging enough that anyone with cancer should talk to their doctor about trying Keto, especially in combination with any other approach that may be available.
Beyond cancer, Keto already has an impressive resume of benefits. Along with fighting cancer, the Keto diet is known to help folks burn fat, lose weight, fight diabetes, and prevent heart disease.
The downside is some folks can find Keto a little hard to stick to at first. Although I bet knowing your life is on the line is often a pretty significant motivating factor. Plus, long-time Keto followers say it becomes much easier after you settle into a routine.
But if Keto just isn’t your thing, and you are cancer-free right now, there are other options. Simply going lower-carb, with less strict limits, works for many folks. Or a Mediterranean diet with no processed foods can often help ensure good overall health while supporting better blood pressure and blood sugar.