This was posted in my doctor's office today:
Myth: People with cancer shouldn't eat sugar, since it can cause cancer to grow faster.
Fact: Sugar doesn't make cancer grow faster. All cells, including cancer cells, depend on blood sugar (glucose) for energy. But giving more sugar to cancer cells doesn't speed their growth. Likewise, depriving cancer cells of sugar doesn't slow their growth.
This misconception may be based in part on a misunderstanding of positron emission tomography (PET) scans, which use a small amount of radioactive tracer â typically a form of glucose. All tissues in your body absorb some of this tracer, but tissues that are using more energy â including cancer cells â absorb greater amounts. For this reason, some people have concluded that cancer cells grow faster on sugar. But this isn't true.
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