• Would a mainly low-carb diet be beneficial for someone with metastatic melanoma?

    Asked by UpandUp on Friday, May 17, 2013

    Would a mainly low-carb diet be beneficial for someone with metastatic melanoma?

    3 Answers from the Community

    • melanomamama's Avatar

      I asked my melanoma oncologist about diet, and he says there is no specific diet that affects the course of the melanoma, but he recommends a Mediterranean diet for overall health. I was particularly concerned about sugar, because so many people say that sugar feeds cancer. My oncologist says that after one hundred years of looking for a correlation, they have found none between sugar consumption and melanoma. He says, "Eating a cookie will not affect your cancer." He is Dr. Brendan Curti, a melanoma researcher as well as an oncologist. He has saved my life at least three times, so I trust his advice.
      Constance Emerson Crooker

      over 3 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar

      Constance is right. The only diet that has shown health benefits is the Med diet. On the other hand I have all my life eaten the Med diet because I am Greek and my parents were both from Greece. We had home made Greek yogurt , fish and very little red meat. We have all had cancer. So, I am not sure about the diet and cancer relationship.
      But the Med diet is good for so many other issues related to over all health its a good one to follow.
      As well as the Indian food options because the spices used are all being studied for their health and anti cancer benefits. Show me the curry is a great site to teach you how to make Indian food.. I make it, we love it, as I do all the ethnic Greeks foods too. Love to cook and love to eat healthy foods. Go heavy on swiss chards, red peppers, spinach, sweet potato, Feta's, whole grains, Beans and fruits.

      Stay away from cheese, fats, anything processed white, processed foods of any sort. You can find so much great information and cooking ideas on line..I got rid of all my cook books except those passed down to me and do everything on line now.

      over 3 years ago
    • Clyde's Avatar

      MeloMom (if anyone knows, she does) and CAS are both correct. There is no magic diet, magic pill or magic spell. Healthy diet is the best and while they haven't found a correlation between sugar and cancer, they have between obesity and cancer so limit the sugar but don't be afraid of it. My advice is to avoid high fructose corn syrup. Pure sugar is better if you are going to do sugar (I have a massive sweet tooth, so I know from whence I speak.) (grin) And exercise.

      over 3 years ago

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