The Ketogenic Diet and its Role in Cancer Recovery

By Naturally Savvy

Controlling your blood-glucose leptin and insulin levels through diet, exercise and emotional stress relief can be one of the most important parts to a cancer recovery program. These factors are also critical in order to prevent cancer in the first place. 

In 1931, the Nobel Prize was awarded to German researcher Dr. Otto Warburg, who discovered that cancer cells have a different energy metabolism compared to healthy cells, and that malignant tumors feed on sugar. 

"When we're dealing with glucose and [cancer] management, we know from a large number of studies that if respiration of the tumor is ineffective, in order to survive, the cells must use an alternative source of energy, which is fermentation. We know that glucose is the primary fuel for fermentation. Fermentation becomes a primary energy-generating process in the tumor cell. By targeting the fuel for that process, we then have the capability of potentially managing the disease." explains Dr. Seyfried PhD.

Dr. Seyfried is one of the leaders in the field of treating cancer nutritionally. He's been teaching neurogenetics and neurochemistry as it relates to cancer treatment at Yale University and Boston College for the past 25 years. Dr. Seyfried's work in cancer treatment confirms that sugar is the primary fuel for cancer, and that by restricting sugar and providing an alternate fuel, namely fat, you can dramatically reduce the rate of cancer growth. 

Read more about how to kick the sugar habit

Dr. Seyfried suggests a low-carbohydrate, low to moderate protein, high-fat diet, which will quite effectively lower your blood sugar. This type of diet, called a ketogenic diet, will also elevate ketone bodies, as fat is metabolized to ketones that your body can burn in the absence of food. When combined with calorie restriction, the end result will put your body in a metabolic state that is not friendly to cancer cells.

"[Ketones] is a fat breakdown product that can replace glucose as a major fuel for many of the organs and especially our brain," he says.

The ketogenic diet represents an simple, non-toxic way to target and marginalize tumor cells. It also allows you to dramatically lower your glucose levels, as the ketones will protect your body against any hypoglycemia that might otherwise be induced by carb restriction.

"All of the newer cells in your body will be transitioned to these effective ketones, thereby preventing them from damage from hypoglycemia. At the same time, the tumor cells are now marginalized and under tremendous metabolic stress. It's a whole body therapy—you need to bring the whole body into this metabolic state." 

"We like to call it a new state of metabolic homeostasis: a state where ketones have reached the steady state level in your blood and glucose has reached a steady lower level in your blood... If it's done right and implemented right, it has powerful therapeutic benefits on the majority of people who suffer from various kinds of cancers. Because all cancers have primarily the same metabolic defect" explains Dr. Seyfried.

The guidelines for using this type of diet in cancer treatment and prevention are outlined in Dr. Seyfried's book, Cancer as Metabolic Disease

Read more here.

By Naturally Savvy| February 25, 2016
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