When you’ve survived cancer, one of the things you are probably thinking about is how to prevent such a terrible thing from ever happening again. In fact, it’s not uncommon for cancer survivors to start focusing on becoming healthier in general.
According to the latest studies, such a diet has to involve a drastic reduction of sugar intake. You can improve your diet simply by avoiding soda and sugary confections, or you can try diets that are low in sugar, such as the Paleo diet.
The Paleo diet is controversial because it emphasizes eating the way our ancestors did before the Agricultural Revolution. But even the mainstream medical community acknowledges that its rejection of processed sugar is an effective way of becoming healthier.
Sugar and Cancer
Paleo diet advocates point out that before the Agricultural Revolution, cancer was almost unheard of. It was only when people switched to a grain based diet on such a large scale that cancer become more prevalent. The Paleo diet restricts sugar intake, and sugar consumption has been linked to cancer.
According to scientific research, refined sugar can cause cancer and also feeds cancer cells.
The scientific community has known since 1923 that cancer cells use up more glucose than normal cells. And one recent study conducted by UCLA demonstrated that be denying cancer cells the sugar they need, it can start a process that can lead to apoptosis (cancer cell death). This has been one of the reasons why many people prefer diets like Paleo, because they create a low sugar environment that makes it impossible for cancer cells to thrive.
Sugar and Overall Health
Cancer is not the only medical problem you should be concerned about when your diet includes a lot of sugar. The general medical community points to sugar as a culprit for many different ailments. Although the body does need sugar for energy, the prevalence of sugar in most foods can cause a lot of health problems. In addition, people also eat a lot of refined carbs which don’t really contain nutrients.
Scientists can probably show you a very long list of medical ailments caused by the consumption of too much sugar. In fact, sugar has now been dubbed as the “new tobacco.” Here are some highlights:
1. Sugar causes an increase in body fat and obesity. Surely by now you know just how dangerous obesity is to your health.
2. It can also cause fat development in your liver. Fat can accumulate in your liver which makes this organ sick (non-alcoholic fatty-liver disease), or it can get transported out and lodged into the walls of your artery leading to heart disease.
3. It accelerates cellular damage and aging.
4. It can increase your insulin levels which then increases the risk of lipid problems, pancreatic ailments, and diabetes.
Part of the problem with sugar is that food labels have become quite sneaky in how they label this ingredient. It can be called a great many things including cane syrup, fructose, corn syrup, glucose solids, molasses, or agave. In fact, some people have already identified more than 50 names for sugar to hide their identity from label readers.
You don’t have to be cancer survivor to want to be healthy. In fact, by opting to do away with sugar, you effectively lower your risk for cancer. The key is to cut down your sugar intake slowly until you can eliminate it from your diet. Not only will it help prevent cancer, but it simply makes you healthier overall. Cancer survivor or not, being healthy is always a good thing.