Cancer Cells Love Fructose

by , under Contemporary Cancer Topics, Pancreatic Cancer

Scientists have found that fructose sugar feeds cancer cells, and that fructose is metabolized by cancer cells and tumor cells in different ways.  It is known that fructose intake has been linked to pancreatic cancer.

They found that cancer cells have the ability to metabolize fructose to increase their growth rates.  This is critical information for cancer patients to know.  They need to reduce fructose intake.  We already know that sugar fuels cancer cell growth, but this difference in the way that the different sugars are used in the diseased cells is new information.

Americans consume huge amounts of fructose, mainly in the form of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS).  This is because HFCS is added to a lot of foods, such as soft drinks, breads, juices, sauces, etc., to increase their flavor.  The question of the effects of high fructose corn syrup has been an area of contention between politicians, the sugar sweetener industry, regulators, and medical experts.  It may be said that the increase in the use of HFCS has contributed to the epidemic of obesity in Americans.  This has also led to increases in rates of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and strokes. American consumption of high fructose corn syrup increased by approximately 1,000% from 1970 to 1990, as reported by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2004.

The American Beverage Association strongly advocates and defends the use and safety of high fructose corn syrup.  They contend that all sugars are the same. This study strongly refutes this claim.  Even though researchers found that all cancers thrive on sugar, they found that fructose enables them to proliferate.  They found that fructose metabolism and glucose metabolism are very different.  Hopefully, this information can be used to improve cancer treatments for patients.

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