Cancer and Sugar: Is it true that Sugar Increase the Risk of Cancer

Lots of studies and researches have gone into understanding – whether sugar & cancer are connected or not. I know how much we love sweets and the happiness it gives us but is it ruining our body in a much worse manner than we think?

According to a recent study published in the Nature Communications, they have used the yeast cells for understanding the link between sugar and the tumors. Well, the base used is the biological process that takes place inside the cells. Let’s see the study in detail.

Sugar Increase the Risk of Cancer: Is it true?

Did you know a similar test of cancer and sugar connection has already been carried out by the sugar industry around 50 years back? But the results are not known to anyone! As expected.

Over intake of sugar

It is only recently that people are becoming more aware of the sugar effects. It was brought to light by the Medical News Today who published an article which mentioned about the tests carried out on mice. Almost 50% of the mice that consumed high-sucrose diet developed breast cancer in them.

This is where it all started!

Coming back to the studies carried out, at first the cancer-affected cells were taken into consideration and the changes in them on sugar-consumption were noted down.

The two main results found by the scientists were:

  1. As per the observation, the cancer cells were mainly concerned with the reproduction. For quick metabolism, the glucose was used up and then fermented that resulted in lactate.
  2. Whereas the ordinary cells of the human body seemed to go with the usual respiration process. They first took the glucose and then broke them down into carbon-dioxide and water.

Did you see the change?

The switch of the usual respiration to the fermentation process was the main catch, and it was first noted by the German Scientist Otto Warburg, about 70 to 80 years ago. This was then named as the Warburg Effect. This was a path-breaking discovery in the field of Cancer, which turned helpful to many other scientists too.

It did prove that sugar has some effect on the cancer cells, still, the scientists were still unsure whether the Warburg Effect is a symptom or a cause of cancer!

Final Summary!

Though there is no proper evidence to prove the point yet – but one thing that you can do as a precaution is to keep a control on the sugar intake. Look the ingredients of the food you eat and avoid them if they are high on sucrose or sweetness level. If you find a sweet taste in any food item, then they probably have got sugar. So, watch out. 

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