A case report published in 1995 indicates that eating a ketogenic diet can help cancer patients fight their disease.
Cancer cells thrives when glucose or blood sugar is available to them. Ketogenic diet consists of mainly fats, some protein and carbohydrates which has recently proved its efficacy against a variety of cancers.
According to the report by University Hospitals of Cleveland, two female pediatric patients diagnosed with advanced malignant Astrocytoma tumors experienced clinical improvement within 7 days of using the diet.
For the study, patients eating a ketogenic diet with 60% medium chain triglyceride oil were followed for eight weeks.
Within seven days of starting the ketogenic diet, blood sugar levels dropped to low normal levels and blood ketones rose 20 to 30 folds. PET scans showed that the glucose pickup by tumors declined by 22% in both patients.
One patient improved mood significantly and developed new skills. The patient continued using the ketogenic diet for another 12 months and remained free of disease progression.
The authors say even though this ketogenic diet does not provide a complete solution but it does help the cancer patients. And it is possible that ketogenic diet may be used along with other treatments to fight cancers more effectively.
Effects of a ketogenic diet on tumor metabolism and nutritional status in pediatric oncology patients: two case reports.
L C Nebeling, F Miraldi, S B Shurin & E Lerner
Pages 202-208 | Published online: 04 Sep 2013
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