Cancer and Sugar – Studies Which Show The Link

Apr 17, 2009 by

Cancer and Sugar – Studies Which Show The Link

One of the most important things a cancer suffererer needs to do is to avoid refined sugar in his or her diet. I’m talking candy bars, cakes, sugary beverages, and the like. Cancer cells love these sugars. It amazes me that, in hospitals, they actually serve items with refined sugar to cancer patients. Don’t they know any better?

Even for those not hit by this disease, refined sugar is something to avoid if you want to pursue good health. Such sugars throw your metabolism out of whack, overwork your pancreas (to produce insulin), cause obesity, etc. Quite simply, these are empty calories which provide no other nutrition to the body.

Ten Studies Showing the Link Between Sugar and Increased Cancer Risk

by Reuben Chow

How many times have you heard it mentioned that sugar causes cancer, that cancer patients should avoid sugar, or that sugar is the favorite food of cancer cells? The truth is, this goes beyond mere hearsay or traditional knowledge; there is actually a large volume of scientific evidence available which shows the link between sugar and increased cancer risk. Here, ten such studies are summarized.

1. Colorectal Cancer in Women (United States)

A study conducted by Harvard Medical School found that women who ate the most foods with high glycemic load – the glycemic index, or GI, of a food gives an idea of how quickly sugar (more specifically, glucose) levels in the blood rise after eating it – had almost three times the risk of getting colorectal cancer in the future, compared with women who ate lesser amounts of such foods.

Typically, processed foods made from refined grains and refined sugar, including candy bars, cakes, cookies and other snacks, are high glycemic foods

“We find a very straightforward and clear association between high-glycemic foods and the risk of colorectal cancers,” said lead researcher Simin Liu, MD, ScD.

This study involved some 40,000 American women.

2. Colorectal Cancer in Men (United States)

Another study at Harvard University found that middled aged men whose diets tended to increase blood sugar levels quicker, i.e. those who ate more high GI foods, had a 32% higher chance of getting colorectal cancer over a period of 20 years.

The study, which involved more than 50,000 men, also found that this effect seemed to be more pronounced in heavier men.

3. Breast Cancer in Women (United States)

The Women’s Health Study found that those who consumed a diet which raised blood sugar levels more had a 135% higher risk of getting breast cancer in the 7-year period of the study.

4. Endometrial Cancer in Women (United States)

The Iowa Women’s Health Study looked at some 23,000 post-menopausal women. It found that those who consumed a diet which raised blood sugar levels more had a 46% higher risk of getting endometrial cancer over a period of 15 years.

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1 Comment

  1. ellen marshall

    Can you please give the references for these articles?
    Thanks

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