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Fasting may aid in Cancer Prevention and Increase the Effectiveness of Chemotherapy

Post by on Wednesday, April 27, 2022

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 Fasting could block tumor development and increase the effectiveness of chemotherapy as suggested by animal and test tube studies. Research attributes this to reduced glucose synthesis in the blood making it harder for cancer cells to grow, balanced nutritional intake, and increased autophagy activated through fasting enabling cells to function more efficiently. While ongoing research is studying whether fasting may help manage side effects of cancer treatment, any possible benefits must be measured against the potential nutritional risks of fasting, including hunger, malnutrition and potential loss of muscle. Intermittent fasting, rather than complete fasting, may be more appropriate for cancer patients. Also, there is need to be careful not to over-consume on non-fasting days, as excess calories may counteract some of the benefits of intermittent fasting. For people concerned about cancer risk there are many nutrition recommendations on what types of food they should eat.

 

Dr. Farah K. Usmani

Global Health and Development Expert based in New York

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