Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Low Carb Diet May Slow Tumor Growth
A British Columbia recently compared a low carb diet to the typical "Western" diet in mice. The "Western" diet is high carb and low protein. Both groups of mice were fed the same amount of calories. Mice fed the lower carbohydrate diet exhibited lower blood glucose, insulin, and lactate levels. Mice that were genetically predisposed to develop breast cancer that were fed a Western diet had rates of 50% by age one, whereas no tumors were detected in mice being fed the low-carbohydrate diet over the same time period. This study supports the concept that many cancers may be influenced by chronically elevated blood sugar levels and associated hormones.