Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, revealed that it is not a substance commonly found in food which contributes to about 35 million deaths worldwide each year. According to research, sugar can lead to the onset of diabetes, metabolic syndrome, hyper- and hypoglycemia, GERD and heart disease and cancer.
Indeed, researchers at the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Utah were one of the first to discover that sugar is essential for the development of tumors. His research was published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. In the words of Don Ayer, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Oncological Sciences at the University of Utah “ It has been known since 1923 that tumor cells use a lot more glucose than normal cells. Our research helps show how this process takes place, and how it might be stopped to control tumor growth . “
So far several studies have confirmed that people with the highest levels of blood glucose more cancers develop, and that people with cancer who also have the highest blood levels of glucose, survive less.
the link between sugar and cancer
Despite all our cells need glucose, a sugar that is transformed into energy, cancer cells mature in simple carbohydrates, including refined sugars found in processed foods and sweets. The process when glucose is broken down to provide energy is called glycolysis. In a healthy cell, glucose is converted to pyruvate, which becomes the source of stations or mitochondria to ser’burned ‘in the presence of oxygen.
Cancer cells also need glucose, they can do themselves. But, unlike healthy cells, cancer cells make their energy from glycolysis in the absence of oxygen. This is called anaerobic glycolysis.
The waste product of this process anaerobic glycolysis is a form of lactic acid, which can only be broken down by the liver. Therefore, this lactic acid passes from the cancer cell to the liver where it decomposes. The waste product of this process is again glucose, which is then fed back into the cancer cell, thereby forming a vicious circle which leads on the body in cancer. Once cancerous cells have appeared in the body, which are based on the availability of blood glucose continued to develop.
But, while healthy cells can also use other forms de’food ‘as fats, as precursors, the cancer cells are unable to metabolize significant amounts of fatty acids or ketone bodies. That’s why they need sugar. Refined sugars are strongly linked to cancer in two ways – which are a potential cause of cancer, and also “food” for cancer cells once they appear in the body. A number of health experts and holistic practitioners suggest that more rational, efficient, safe, necessary and inexpensive to treat cancer is to cut off the food supply to tumors and cancer cells, starving with a lack of glucose. This treatment for selective starvation of tumors by modifying the diet (ketogenic diet) is one of the most important forms necessary for cancer patients to overcome cancer therapy.
Here arises another problem is sugar ‘ hidden ‘. While most people can easily remove foods full of refined sugar, such as cakes, candy, cookies, etc., there is a whole list of ‘healthy’ foods that also contain high amounts of sugar – yogurt, cereals, wholemeal bread or whole grain bread, and even the “low calorie” items. Even salad dressings can be heavy in sugar!