Researchers are working hard to find new molecules for cancer treatment and recently they have become interested in high fat and low carb ketogenic diet. The promising findings of this research have inspired researchers to prepare ketone containing drugs.
A ketogenic diet contains high fat and low carb that produces ketone bodies during the process of metabolism. Clinical use of this diet was seen at the John Hopkins Hospital for the first time where some children with seizure disorders resistant to conventional anti-epileptic drugs demonstrated a great response to ketogenic diet.
As it is difficult to follow the ketogenic diet strictly, research is going on to develop drugs with similar efficacy to the diet. Change in socio-economic conditions has also influenced diet pattern, with a propensity towards refined sugar and processed carbs. This is why people would prefer to take pills instead of following a diet.
A success story
Alix Hayden, the director of operations at biochemistry research in Saskatoon, Canada, was suffering from brain cancer, and she survived this grave condition even after refusing conventional treatment options. She preferred to avoid the miserable life associated with surgery and chemotherapy and simply followed a healthy lifestyle with a low-carb, high-fat ketogenic diet.
Hayden followed a diet comprising 65% fats, 30% proteins, and 5% carbs. The progression of the tumor halted very soon after starting the diet. No more increase in the size of the tumor was noticed after that.
According to the opinion of Dr. Dominic D’Agostino, a cancer researcher, a high-fat, low-carb ketogenic diet kills cancer cells by depriving them of energy. Unlike normal cells, cancer cells cannot use ketones to produce energy. Glucose is their only energy source. As the proportion of carbohydrate in a ketogenic diet is very low, glucose supply becomes marginal which kills cancer cells by compelling them to starve.
This article is a brief overview of the role of ketogenic diet in controlling cancer and considering it as chemotherapy alternative. To know more about how this particular diet can be used to avoid surgery or chemotherapy just follow this link to free eBook on ketogenic diet.
Reference: Woman Battles Brain Cancer Using Low-Carb Ketogenic Diet Without Chemo, October 22, 2015