Can a Ketogenic Diet Help Fight Cancer?

The Role of Blood Sugar in Cancer

Many cancer therapies are designed to target the biological differences between cancer cells and normal cells.

Nearly all cancer cells share one common trait: they feed off carbs or blood sugar in order to grow and multiply (2Trusted Source3Trusted Source7Trusted Source).

When you eat a ketogenic diet, some of the standard metabolic processes are altered and your blood sugar levels go way down (2Trusted Source3Trusted Source).

Basically, this is claimed to “starve” the cancer cells of fuel.

As in all living cells, the long-term effect of this “starvation” may be that the cancer cells will grow more slowly, decrease in size or possibly even die.

It seems possible that a ketogenic diet could help reduce the progression of cancer because it causes a rapid decrease in blood sugar levels (2Trusted Source3Trusted Source4Trusted Source).

BOTTOM LINE:A ketogenic diet can lower blood sugar levels. This may help reduce tumor growth and even starve cancer cells of energy.