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Did you know there’s a definitive link between breast cancer and insulin?
Breast cancer cells have 6 times more insulin receptors than normal breast tissue cells.
This means that breast cancer lives on glucose. High glucose levels (and the resultant high insulin levels leading to insulin resistance) promote the proliferation of breast cancer cells and put you at higher breast cancer risk.
If you’re eating a high-sugar diet, and especially if you’re in a pre-diabetic state of insulin resistance, you could be increasing your breast cancer risk along with your risk of other cancers too. Or if you're already a patient with breast cancer, you could be unknowingly kicking your breast cancer into high gear.
Not to mention you're also putting yourself on the path for full-blown diabetes with its life-altering effects.
I implore you to adopt a healthy keto diet right away because of its emphasis on very low sugar. Couple it with intermittent fasting, and you will be doing your health an enormous favor.
Let me explain.
In this article:
- Why breast cancer cells need lots of glucose?
- Are you at risk for breast cancer?
- What will lower your risk?
- Are you ready to lower your cancer?
Why Breast Cancer Cells Need Lots of Glucose
All cells need glucose as a source of energy. Normal cells use tiny internal energy factories called mitochondria to convert glucose into energy. But cancer cells have a much higher demand for energy, so they have a faster process for metabolizing glucose that bypasses the mitochondria.
This shortcut for making energy is good news/bad news.
The good news is it might be a weakness for some cancers that gives researchers an advantage for developing new treatments. In fact, there are clinical trials underway to explore this advantage.
For instance, there’s the potential for developing drugs that shut down cancer cells’ energy-making processes but don’t stop healthy cells making energy. And researchers are testing drugs that work in this way.
The bad news, of course, is how consuming a high-sugar and high-carb diet may be feeding voracious cancer cells and supporting their growth.
Let’s take a look at risk factors for breast cancer.
Are You At Risk For Breast Cancer?
There are a number of confirmed risk factors for breast cancer. They are:
- Your age. Most breast cancers are diagnosed after age 50.
- Genetic mutations to genes such as BRCA1 and BRCA2. Women who have inherited these genetic changes are at higher risk of breast and ovarian cancer.
- Your reproductive history. If you started your periods before age 12 and started menopause after age 55, you’ve been exposed longer to hormones, which can raise your risk.
- Your breast density. Women with dense breasts are more likely to get breast cancer.
- Your medical history, especially if you’ve already had breast cancer or certain non-cancerous breast diseases. If you’ve had breast cancer, you’re more likely to get it a second time. As well, some non-cancerous breast diseases such as atypical hyperplasia or lobular carcinoma in situ are associated with a higher risk of getting breast cancer.
- A family history of breast cancer. If you have a mother, sister, or daughter - or multiple family members on either your mother’s side or father’s side of the family - who have had breast cancer, your risk is higher.
- Having a brother, son, or father with breast cancer also raises your risk.
- Your exposure to radiation therapy before age 30, especially to the chest or breasts.
What Will Lower Your Risk
If you’re susceptible to breast cancer or you have breast cancer, I hope you’re doing keto and intermittent fasting. But if you’re not, please adopt these lifestyles as soon as possible.
Simply put, when you cut dietary sugar, you starve cancer. Because you want to keep your insulin level low, please avoid sugar and carbohydrates (because they turn to sugar in the body). It’s the worse item you can consume if you are at risk for or already have breast cancer.
Why does intermittent fasting help? Because the fewer times you eat, the less you raise your insulin; thereby also depriving breast cancer cells of the insulin they need.
Thus, if you’re at risk, the best thing you can do to reduce it is to adopt a healthy keto way of eating along with intermittent fasting. I know I sound like a broken record sometimes; but, these two steps will change your life and, perhaps, increase your longevity.
As well, the additional benefits of keto and intermittent fasting include weight loss, improved energy, and sharper mental clarity. Not only can you reduce your risk of certain cancers, but you can also improve your overall health and even lower your risk for diabetes.
And if you know people with breast cancer, please encourage them to immediately get on keto and to start intermittent fasting. You can even do it together to support each other. Going on the keto diet and intermittent fasting could be a powerful cancer prevention strategy.
As well, you’ll also be lowering your risk for other cancers such as colon cancer, pancreatic cancer, and endometrial cancer - a type of cancer that begins in the uterus. Endometrial cancer begins in the layer of cells that form the lining (endometrium) of the uterus. It’s sometimes called uterine cancer.
Are You Ready To Lower Your Cancer Risk And Boost Your Overall Health?
You may have been unknowingly raising your risk of breast cancer by eating a high-sugar and high-carbohydrate diet and spiking your insulin levels.
It's not your fault. Until relatively recently the link between insulin and breast cancer wasn’t widely confirmed. In your busy life, it’s easy to miss this kind of crucial information.
And now you know that lowering your risk and improving your overall health is actually fairly simple. Eat a healthy keto diet. Fast intermittently.
Then you can take charge of your well-being and give cancer risk a shove out the door.
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Disclaimer: Our educational content is not meant or intended for medical advice or treatment.
Editor’s Note: This post has been updated for quality and relevancy.