“A lot of patients are told it doesn’t matter what you eat after you are diagnosed with cancer. Concrete findings from research suggests that it does matter,”
Tests in mice show a possible mechanism for how it happens. The findings, published in the journal Cancer Research, support studies that suggest people who consume more sugar have a higher risk of cancer — especially breast cancer.
A common sugar found in drinks such as Coke and food like ketchup, cereal bars and biscuits could be driving breast cancer, scientists warn.
The high-sugar Western diet may increase the risk of breast cancer and the potential for that cancer to spread to the lungs, the new study suggests.
Researchers found that when mice were given a sucrose-rich diet, similar to our own diet in the West, the mice showed increased levels of tumour growth and metastasis, when the cancer spreads.
• One drink a day increases the risk of breast cancer by 15 per cent
The high amounts of dietary sugar in the typical Western diet may increase the risk of breast cancer and its spread to the lungs, a new study published today has warned.
The findings demonstrated dietary sugar’s effect on an enzymatic signalling pathway known as 12-LOX (12-lipoxygenase), researchers said.
“We found that sucrose intake in mice comparable to levels of Western diets led to increased tumour growth and metastasis, when compared to a non-sugar starch diet,” said Peiying Yang, assistant professor at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Centre in US.
Sugar is commonly found in the American diet. An average 12-ounce can of soda has 10 teaspoons of sugar.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recently cut recommended
calories from sugar from 10% to 5% – less than six teaspoons (25
grams) per day for an adult. Children should consume no more than
three teaspoons (12 grams) daily.
A single can of soda contains approximately 10 teaspoons of sugar!
The American Heart Association (AHA) agreed in the medical journal
Circulation, “Added sugars, such as high-fructose corn syrup or
ordinary table sugar…are likely responsible for the increase in calorie
consumption and the subsequent rise in obesity of
the past few decades. Naturally occurring sugars in
fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy, and whole grains
don’t need to be avoided, and make up part of a
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