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Sugar Leads To Increased Tumor Growth

Sugar and cancer are closely linked. Cancer cells love sugar – no matter what kind. They take glucose and almost prefer fructose. If the insulin level also rises, then cancer cells feel better than ever. Active cancer cells can now develop from dormant cancer cells. And once the cancer is there, sugar (even if only consumed in moderate amounts) can noticeably increase the risk of metastases forming in the lungs, according to a study. Getting rid of sugar addiction is therefore a good idea!

Sugar grows tumors in the breast and lungs

Researchers at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center warns in the online edition of the journal Cancer Research about the high sugar content of the typical Western diet. Sugar – as they showed in a recent study – influences the activity of certain enzymes, such as e.g. B. 12-lipoxygenase, also abbreviated 12-LOX, which has a tumor-promoting effect.

In addition, consumed sugar activates 12-HETE formation in breast cancer cells. Both accelerate tumor growth and metastasis formation. 12-HETE, on the other hand, is a derivative of the better-known arachidonic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid found exclusively in animal foods and known for its pro-inflammatory and cancer-activating effects.

Starch is better than sugar

“We found that sucrose (table sugar) in amounts found in the normal Western diet leads to increased tumor growth and increased levels of metastasis. However, a high-starch diet that does not contain sugar carries these dangers to a much lesser extent Measure with yourself”,
according to Dr. Peiying Yang, Assistant Professor of Palliative Medicine, Rehabilitation, and Integrative Medicine.

Earlier studies have already shown that sugar, as an inflammatory initiator, is significantly involved in the development of cancer. People with prediabetes (pre-diabetes) are more likely to develop cancer – especially breast and colon cancer.

On the one hand, the risk of cancer emanates directly from the diabetes medication, with metformin having a lower carcinogenic effect than high-dose insulin and medication based on sulfonylureas.

On the other hand, the elevated insulin level typically associated with diabetes and prediabetes as a result of insulin resistance is a problem. Insulin has a pro-inflammatory effect and can activate dormant precancerous lesions so that they grow and multiply.

Even moderate sugar consumption is critical

Texas study co-author Dr. Lorenzo Cohen explained:

“It was shown that fructose from table sugar and the so-called HFCS (high-fructose corn syrup) in particular – both of which are ubiquitous in modern nutrition – are jointly responsible for both the formation of lung metastases and the formation of 12-HETE in breast tumors.”
Even moderate consumption of sugar is classified as critical by scientists.

The MD Anderson team divided mice into four different groups with four different diets. After 6 months, 30 percent of the starch group had measurable tumors, while in the groups whose diet also included either table sugar or fructose, 50 to 58 percent had developed breast cancer.

The number of lung metastases was also higher in the two sugar groups than in the starch group.

Not only sugar leads to cancer!

Of course, not only sugar is responsible for insulin resistance. Especially in the case of overweight people, it is also a protein-rich diet that, in combination with a lot of fat (especially with arachidonic acid), promotes the development of insulin resistance.

Researchers at Duke University in North California reported that overweight diabetics have elevated levels of metabolic residues called BCAA amino acids (branched-chain amino acids) in their blood—but only if they eat a lot of fat at the same time.

According to the researchers, this overloading of the metabolism leads to changes at the cell level, which are expressed in insulin resistance.

No sugar – no cancer

The bottom line is nothing new: if you want to prevent cancer and stay healthy and alert, avoid processed sugar and processed products sweetened with it, maintain your normal weight, and don’t eat too much protein and certainly not too much fat.

When it comes to fat, avoid animal fats (fatty meat, cheese), but also vegetable oils rich in linoleic acid, since the organism can convert linoleic acid into arachidonic acid. Vegetable oils rich in linoleic acid are e.g. B. safflower oil and sunflower oil.

These simple rules alone lead to a reduced risk of cancer and at the same time ensure that you feel much better and more efficient overall because sugar not only increases the risk of cancer but also promotes tooth decay and many other chronic diseases.

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Written by Bella Adams

I'm a professionally-trained, executive chef with over ten years in Restaurant Culinary and hospitality management. Experienced in specialized diets, including Vegetarian, Vegan, Raw foods, whole food, plant-based, allergy-friendly, farm-to-table, and more. Outside of the kitchen, I write about lifestyle factors that impact well-being.

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