Keto Diet May Affect Lung and Esophageal Cancer

In modern-day life, people have more awareness regarding health issues than ever before. This can be due to a number of changes including easy access to information. As a result, people are increasingly trying out new health plans and diets. Keto diet is among the most popular ones.

The advancements in the health industry have led to control over many health conditions. This includes diseases which were once the leading causes of death around the globe. However, now, there are far more complicated challenges.

For instance, obesity is one of the main global pandemics. It is also linked to the health issues responsible for the highest number of deaths. This includes diabetes type 2 and heart disease. Weight loss is, therefore, a big debate amongst health professionals.

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This is also the reason why the keto diet is very common nowadays. People ranging from celebrities and famous health gurus follow this specific diet. A person may also find a lot of success tutorials and stories online about common people who followed it.

Health professionals have mixed views on the diet. A part of the medical literature shows positive effects of keto while another shows negative. A study diet adds to the former side.

Previously, studies show that the keto diet can aid in the treatment of a number of health issues such as Alzheimer’s disease. The recent diet further explores the effects on the treatment of cancer.

The leading author of the study was Jung-Whan Kim, who is an assistant professor at the University of Texas. Its findings appear in the journal Cell Reports.

Read the study here.

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What Was the Research Method?

The keto diet is effective for many of the people but it is also particularly hard for others. This is because it includes a very high intake of fats and a very low intake of carbohydrates. Whenever a person does so, he or she may feel very low on energy since carbs are the main source of energy for the body.

During this low-intake of carbs, the body then enters a state of ketosis. Then, the body breaks down stored fat instead of the glucose from the food. Historically, this type of diet or reaching this state was done for health conditions like diabetes. Now, more and more people are using it for fast weight loss.

To know about this diet’s effects on cancer, the new study looks at lab mice model. The two main cancers the researchers looked at were esophageal and lung cancer.

The glucose intake of these mice was restricted and they reached the stage of ketosis. In addition, they were also given a drug for diabetes patients. This was to prevent their kidneys from absorbing the sugar in the blood.

A previous study concludes that a form of cancer called squamous cell carcinoma cannot maintain itself without glucose. So, in the new study, researchers thought the restriction of glucose would make the therapy on this cancer more effective.

What Was the Result?

After feeding the mice a low-carb diet, the researchers noticed that the results of the cancer therapy were much better. However, this only happened in the case of squamous cell carcinoma. For the time being, it is good news for patients suffering from this type of cancer.

A further investigation of this matter may lead to the development of a specific diet. It may include both the diabetes drug and low-consumption of carbs.

Areeba Hussain

Areeba is an independent medical and healthcare writer. For the last three years, she is writing for Tophealthjournal. Her prime areas of interest are diseases, medicine, treatments, and alternative therapies. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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