A new study found that too much sugar could lead to breast cancer, so it appears that the typical Western diet puts more strain on the body and arrives with more risks. Unfortunately for those who take their daily calories from red meat and sugar, there’s more bad news ahead.
While often linked to health problems such as cancer, obesity, and heart disease, a team of researchers from the Anderson Cancer Center linked high intake of sucrose to breast cancer. It’s one of the main causes of death for women in the United States, with 40,000 lives claimed only in 2015. Along with it, there were over 200,000 more cases diagnosed.
Scientists believe that this rise in numbers could have been potentially caused by consuming high amounts of sugar. Their study implied research on a group of mice, separated into four groups and attributed to a specific diet. The results showed that 30% of the mice on a starch-filled diet developed measurable tumors on their mammary glands. In comparison, 50-58% of the subjects on a sugar-rich diet experienced the same consequence.
Furthermore, the researchers stated that, in addition to the presence of breast cancer, the number of lung metastases were also higher for the mice feeding on high sucrose meals. By elevating the amount of sugar intake, it increased the risk of developing both conditions.
According to Peiying Yang from Palliative, Rehabilitation and Integrative Medicine, this occurred because the high amounts of sugar led to the spread of 12-LOX and a fatty acid called 12-HETE. It appears that components such as sucrose and fructose are to be blamed for the growth of tumors, as well as producing 12-HETE which is found on the breasts. It’s possible that, thus, the sugar intake is encouraging the appearance of breast cancer.
The researchers stated that their study requires more trials and examinations based on their initial findings. This is the first of its kind where there is a link found between glucose and cancer, so it’s in dire need for more research. The association requires to be studied much more deeply.
They initially focused on the impact of dietary sugar on various organs throughout the body, which included the mammary gland. Perhaps to reach a better conclusion, they will concentrate on the worrying appearance of breast cancer and lung metastases in the mice subjects in future research.
However, their conclusion remains. After careful observation, the scientists stated that fructose is indeed playing a key role in the growth of cancerous cells within the body. That only adds to numerous warnings for the population to moderate their sugar intake.
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