New Research on Sugar/Tumor Connection


Over the past couple of years I’ve become much more diet aware.  It’s not that I’m eating a totally vegan diet (that lasted for a couple of weeks), but I’ve become much more conscious about that I’m putting in my body.  Don’t get me wrong, I still love beer and pizza…just not all the time.  I find myself eating a lot more fruits and veggies these days.  And, thanks to my wife and her newfound love of Jessica Sienfelds’s “Deceptively Delicious“, I’m eating a lot more fruits and veggies without even knowing it.

A little over a year ago, Pete turned me on to Robert Young’s “The pH Miracle“.  Young attributes to all disease as being diet/food related–everything from allergies to cancer.  I have to admit, it’s a bold book, but one that I couldn’t put down.  After reading it I thought, “If HALF of this book it true, this is a powerful book.”  I recommend it to clients all the time, especially if someone is looking to make a dietary change but also to help with their symptoms.  Pete has always said that in the 40 years that he’s been seeing clients, he’s rarely come across someone who is struggling with chronic pain who doesn’t have a pH problem.

This article/research falls right in line with what Pete and others have been saying for years: Our diets impact our lives GREATLY.  They can lead to disease, pain, even death.  The old saying of “you are what you eat” is ringing truer and truer all the time.

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Scientists Spot How Sugar ‘Feeds’ Tumors

THURSDAY, Aug. 20 (HealthDay News) — New information about how sugar “feeds” tumors has been uncovered by U.S. researchers, who said the finding may also have implications for other diseases such as diabetes.

“It’s 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,” Don Ayer, an investigator at the Huntsman Cancer Instituteand a professor in the Department of Oncological Sciences at the University of Utah, said in a university news release.

Ayer and his colleagues found that restricting an amino acid called glutamine halts a cell’s ability to utilize glucose.

“Essentially, if you don’t have glutamine, the cell is short-circuited due to a lack of glucose, which halts the growth of the tumor cell,” Ayer explained in the news release.

The study appears in the Aug. 17 online issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The next step in this research involves developing animal models to test theories about how a protein called MondoA and a gene called TXNIP control glucose uptake by cells.

“If we can understand that, we can break the cycle of glucose utilization, which could be beneficial in the treatment of cancer,” Ayer said.

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