• What do you think about sugar-free diet?

    Asked by kirs33 on Tuesday, July 22, 2014

    What do you think about sugar-free diet?

    Pet-CT can show cancer cells because they use sugar(glucose to be more specific) more than normal cells. Basically sugar is the fuel of the cancer cells. Unfortunately it is also brain's number one fuel, too. But brain can use proteins, too. My oncologist said there hasn't been a study to support this idea %100 yet. But isn't The way Pet-CT work is a proof already? I cut down carbs in my diet. I don't eat desert, chocolate or sweets. But this kind of life is boring. I'm curious if anyone out there also does what i do? Maybe i'm missing delicious food for nothing i can't tell.

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    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      This is one of the biggest Myths in cancer. "Cancer feeds off sugar". It's blown out of proportion. Yes the cells do light up on the glucose "sugar" but that's because they are rapidly dividing and active cells, more so than the cells surrounding the cancer in other parts of the body. If they could set the machine to be sensitive enough, the entire body would glow, because thats what the body is doing. There are lots of papers out on this, and the educated story on this is to have a sensible diet, but you don't have to go crazy and skip desert and cut out all sugar. The main connection to sugar and cancer, is that excess sugar in the diet can cause obesity, which in turn can be a factor in a person getting cancer. Bottom line, be smart, don't starve yourself.

      almost 7 years ago
    • lilymadeline's Avatar
      lilymadeline

      The jury is still out whether sugar feeds cancer or not. BUT it certainly is bad for us, the jury came back on that one decades ago! So no, you are not missing delicious food for nothing! Added sugar is more or less a poison to our bodies and contributes to many diseases, too many to mention or even debate here. Jack LaLanne has been speaking out against sugar for decades, and he is a good example for all of us to follow, even though he is passed on now he certainly looked great to the last and had a long active life. Try to keep your sugar intake from natural foods only, such as fresh ripe fruit. If you add sugar to coffee try to switch to honey instead. Just limit it, use common sense! Of course having a piece of birthday cake every now and then is reasonable. Just don't munch on added sugar daily or even a few times a week, try to stick to a healthy diet most of the time if you can and exercise daily as well. Give your body the best fuel possible to fight it's war against cancer. That is what I do anyway, and so far it is working. I was a dancer and now I am dancing again even after 4 years of chemo, and I have fruit daily but I limit my added sugar intake for special occasions only. And one more piece of advise for fighting cancer- make sure that you get enough sleep, go to bed at the same time and wake up at the same time daily. Sleep is so important and as important as diet and exercise! Our bodies heal while sleeping! Good luck and God bless!

      almost 7 years ago
    • barryboomer's Avatar
      barryboomer

      It's not sugar per say.....It's blood sugar that can cause a problem. Eat mostly foods on the lower half of the Glycemic Index. Fruits have skin and that slows the release of the sugar. Simple Carbs surge the system with too much sugar and that's not good for ANY Condition or good health. If you look up Cancer cells and it's food you will see that it has a different mechanism than normal cells......SO.....Eat Mostly Plant foods and stay away from the junk foods. I'm amazed anybody can sell something called JUNK FOODS....that just about says it all....lol

      almost 7 years ago
    • Ejourneys' Avatar
      Ejourneys

      I switched from processed sugars to natural food sugars two years ago (long before my dx) and lost the weight I needed to lose plus reduced my blood glucose and cholesterol levels without feeling deprived or bored. I felt much better overall and I believe eating healthier foods now helps me through chemo.

      I didn't feel deprived or bored because I used what I call bridge foods. For example, I used to snack on chocolate chips. I switched from those to raisins (my bridge food), which were still calorie-dense and very sweet but did not have the saturated fat. From raisins I progressed to snacking on fresh fruit. I'm so used to it now that a conventional dessert is almost too rich for me to eat. I haven't sworn off that kind of food forever, but it's a rare treat rather than an everyday affair.

      over 6 years ago
    • Lynne-I-Am's Avatar
      Lynne-I-Am

      You are well intentioned but seem to have gone overboard with your dietary restrictions.Our bodies make a form of sugar called glycogen in the pancreas and it is converted to glucose for energy to help run our organs,including the brain. Totally sugar free diet doesn't make sense to me and clearly you are feeling restricted and deprived.A change to a healthier diet is definitely smart,and each of us wants to help our bodies stay strong including our immune systems. I agree with all the answers above.barryboomer says plant based diet,Ejourneys switched from refined sugars,and Greg says eat a sensible diet, all agree a healthy weight if able to obtain is best.Many of us on here have changed our dietary lifestyles since cancer, but any dietary change is useless if you can not adhere to it.Do some research,pick the dietary changes slowly and those you feel you can stick with.I have given up red meat ,increased my fruit and vegetable intake and have a handful of mixed nuts daily.These changes have been in the last four months.I occasionally treat myself to a dessert without guilt.The key word is occasionally.Set a realistic goal and then things will fall into place.Take care,wishing you Bon appetite.

      over 6 years ago
    • carm's Avatar
      carm

      Hello,
      I am an oncology nurse and I have also taken classes in genetics, immunology, histology and virology. Greg is correct, that is a myth if sorts. Cancer will feed on sugar, but the type of sugar is called sialic acid which is produced by the body, not found in foods. There is a few molecules of glucose (also produced by the body, converted to glucose from carbs, etc.) In a PET scan attached to a radioisotope but nothing of concern. The glucose is a vector that is used to introduce the radioisotope to the body. Another myth is that when someone is cut open and cancer cells get air, they rapidly spread. Cancer cells cannot metabolize oxygen, they suffocate under the weight of it. To deny your body sugar will effect your brain because it is the true brain food. If you have ever been to any Cancer Treatment Center you would find bowls of Jolly Ranchers every 10 feet throughout the hospital. Do yourself a favor and live your life for yourself, not for the disease...you give it enough as it is. It is like you, just biology, never give it any part of your life; it has a life of its own. Best if luck to you, Carm RN.

      over 6 years ago
    • Bb31565's Avatar
      Bb31565

      Just be careful if you think sugar free foods are that....it is the carbs you need to look at ( which turns into sugar). Most sugar free items have more carbs than their counter lite/reg items. Check the labels

      over 6 years ago
    • cam32505's Avatar
      cam32505

      I have a friend with stage IV cancer. She mostly tries to follow a vegan diet, for this same reason. It doesn't stop her cancer from spreading, but she feels like it might buy her more time. She has 2 minor children she's trying to raise, so she wants to try to do what she can.

      over 6 years ago
    • Vivenia's Avatar
      Vivenia

      There is a doctor doing research who has successfully shrunk tumors on a calorie restricted ketogenic diet (almost no sugar, very low protein, high fat). I'll post a link to a video of his. He's written a textbook that I'd love to read "Cancer as a Metabolic Disease" I don't have the budget to pay $100.00 for it right now though. I think that there's still a lot that we don't really know about cancer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBjnWfT8HbQ And here's a link to a review of the textbook http://www.diagnosisdiet.com/what-causes-cancer/ I don't think this would be a way to live, more a way to shrink tumors. and one more link to a pdf of some more information on his research http://www.biomedcentral.com/content/pdf/1743-7075-7-7.pdf

      over 6 years ago
    • barryboomer's Avatar
      barryboomer

      AGAIN...it's not sugar it's the Source of the Sugar and elevated Blood Sugars that are Bad for Every Illness. Stevia and Honey are the only good Sources of outside SWEET....
      God made food that is in balance and is good for us....HE didn't make a donut. You ought to check out my Song and Video DONUTS DON'T GROW ON TREES...at barrydbutler channel on youtube.
      SO.....that's the story. It's a personal choice but I BELIEVE it's a good idea to TRY and build UP our Bodies especially if you take mainstream Treatments because they knock us down....Just my Thoughts today.

      over 6 years ago
    • carm's Avatar
      carm

      Barry...
      I just LOVE your comments. I have got to get on YouTube and check out these videos...thanks for the tip, CarmRN.

      over 6 years ago
    • barryboomer's Avatar
      barryboomer

      He Carm......Most people are Angry at me.....lol
      You can check me out below....
      Hope you are doing ok!

      https://www.youtube.com/user/barrydbutler/videos

      over 6 years ago
    • carm's Avatar
      carm

      @barryboomer,
      I am well thank you and I hope you are the same. I will check out that link. Thank you for that info and I can see where you might rustle some feathers but...what would this world be like without variety. We all drive our trains at different levels but we're all on the same rail. Take care, Carm.

      over 6 years ago
    • glam's Avatar
      glam

      I think that you processed sugar is not good for us but you can find delicious receipt using natural sugar such as the one we have in fruits, honey, stevia, etc....it is important to keep a healthy nutrition habits but also to keep pleasure part of your life and if small food pleasure is in your "plate" just try to go to the several natural and organic websites available on internet and get the receipts that could make you feel pleasure in eating again....I still struggle to overcome problems with my diet....It is easy to add quality foods and fruits to my meals but not that easy to open hand from chocolates and some sweets....still in this process...in this fight.....but improving day by day....for instance today I prepared a very small dessert with organic chocolate and diet cream cheese, it was delicious...only two spoons but was enough to overcome the desire for sweet and it was not so unhealthy.....try to find your balance....wishing you all the best....God bless you and continue blessing all of us

      over 6 years ago

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