Carbs and Cancer

Over the last year, I’ve watched my daughter attend two funerals for her close friends’ family members.

The first was the brother of her friend. Young, seemingly healthy, dead at the age of 29 from cancer he never even knew he had. The second was the father of another friend. He had been battling cancer for the last 3 years until it finally took him.

These funerals were only two weeks apart. The same friends that attended the first funeral were there at the second. This was heartbreaking and devastating for the entire group.

It also left them with a lot of questions and concerns for their own future.  

Along with these two tragedies, I’ve been surrounded by others getting newly diagnosed with cancer or, in some cases, the cancers have come back.  All of this breaks my heart.

I don’t know about you, but I remember a time in my life when cancer was the big “C-word.” People would only talk about it in whispers and hushed tones as if saying it out loud gave it more power. I experienced it for the first time at the age of 11, when my grandfather was diagnosed with lung cancer.

I’m not sure I had any friends that even knew about cancer let alone had someone close to them dealing with it. Our family was definitely the exception and not the rule.

Nowadays, not knowing someone with cancer is the exception.

Carbs are the new C-word

A new case-controlled study was released showing a direct correlation between lung cancer and carbs, specifically ones with a high-glycemic index, like white potatoes, popcorn, bagels, and bread.

The study revealed that non-smokers eating a diet high in these types of carbs were over 2 times more likely to develop lung cancer than those eating a diet lower in carbs. It also showed that other cancers seemed to thrive with these types of foods, as well. 

Of course, there are many other factors for developing cancer, including environment and genetics.

The most recent studies show that 1 in 2 men and women will develop cancer in their lifetime. Lung cancer in women is now the leading cause of death, surpassing breast cancer. Lung cancer is already the leading cause of cancer death in men.

Scary statistics even if you aren’t now or never have been a smoker.

So what do you do with this information?

Help Yourself

Why has the ketogenic community been banging the drum about low-carb/high-fat diets and fighting cancer for awhile now?

It’s all about the cancer cells and their weakness.

When the body is deprived of glucose, it turns to fat stores for fuel. The liver converts that fat into ketone bodies which are then used as fuel. Glucose is the easiest fuel source for the body to use, but that’s true for cancer cells, as well. Cancer cells die off when they are deprived of glucose because they can’t use the ketones to thrive and grow.

The body, on the other hand, happens to function at an optimal level when using ketone bodies as its main source of fuel.

I wanted to share this information, not to scare you, but to encourage you to continue to search for good information and then put that to use by implementing the knowledge into your lives.

I know that it’s easy to get caught up in the weight-loss aspect of “diet” changes but, as we know, skinny doesn’t equate to healthy.

There are many things out of our control that increase our chances of being on the losing side of a cancer diagnosis but, if we do our part, we can help our bodies fight off the development of the disease.

What foods are you going to choose today?