BY JEAN LAMANTIA
In Part 1 of my Does Sugar Feed Cancer? series exploring the connection between sugar and cancer, I answered the questions What is one connection between sugar and cancer? And should I be on a Ketogenic diet? To find out the answers to these questions and learn how you can take action to reduce your cancer risk, click here.
In Part 2, I will continue to explore the relationship between sugar and cancer to help guide you in understanding how your food choices can impact your cancer risk. I believe there are incremental changes you can make in your diet and lifestyle that will reduce your risk of developing cancer. These changes work through a variety of channels including supporting your immune system, reducing chronic inflammation and acting on cancer cells directly.
I want you to understand these channels because I think this will lead to greater appreciation for the power that food has on cancer risk. These changes that you can make will also boost your overall health and vitality, while allowing you to overcome your fear and thrive after cancer. To join a group of cancer thrivers who meet regularly to learn more about this topic and get support with their food and lifestyle goals, you are invited to join my Thriving After Cancer Coaching and Support Program by following this link.
In today’s blog, I will explore the Insulin and Diabetes Connection to Cancer…
Are these two seemingly different conditions related? According to the author of several papers on the connection, having diabetes will put a person at higher risk of developing certain cancers. These are cancers of the liver, pancreas, kidney, endometrium, colon or rectum, bladder, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and breast.
Diabetes provides two crucial elements that help to initiate cancer and keep it progressing and those are; high blood sugar levels and high insulin levels. The mechanism that seems to be the biggest driver of cancer growth is high insulin levels.
This condition is called hyperinsulinemia (hyper=higher and emia= in the blood). What is the mechanism in which higher than normal levels of insulin promotes cancer? There are three mechanisms postulated and these are;
Researchers from the University of Magna Craecia of Catanzaro, Italy have published a thorough review of the connection between insulin receptors and cancer progression (2).
According to their summary, the following cancers have insulin receptors:
There are several action steps you can take that will help you benefit from this information.
Are you overwhelmed? Confused? Do you need help figuring out where to start? To get help implementing these steps, check out my Thriving After Cancer Coaching and Support Program.
I firmly believe that what you eat matters. This is more proof that if you eat in a way that balances your blood sugars and minimizes insulin resistance, you can help protect yourself from the cancer promoting effects of elevated insulin levels.
To stay up to date on the latest evidence and get the support you need to make the appropriate changes to your diet and lifestyle to reduce your cancer risk you are invited to join my Thriving After Cancer Coaching and Support Program by following this link.
Jean LaMantia is a registered dietician, cancer survivor, and best selling author of The Essential Cancer Treatment Nutrition Guide and Cookbook. She can be found at www.jeanlamantia.com.
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Lizzy Smith was diagnosed with myeloma in 2012 at age 44. Within days, she left her job, ended her marriage, moved, and entered treatment. "To the extent I'm able, I want to prove that despite life's biggest challenges, it is possible to survive and come out stronger than ever," she says.