We are living in a period when fad diets are increasingly common in health cultures around the world; it seems like there is a new one every day! Diets exist to tell us what will help you lose weight fast, which ones will assist with particular diseases such as memory loss, and so on. There are even diet programs designed to help individuals combat particular types of cancer, including pancreatic cancer, according to a new research.
According to a recent research from The Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), the ketogenic diet (also known as keto) may aid in the removal of pancreatic cancer cells by encouraging better chemotherapy results.
The diet also increased ketone bodies that are produced by the liver (tiny water molecules that are used as an energy source when there is not any glucose readily available), which put additional stress on the cancer cells. The keto diet reduced glucose (sugar) levels within the tumor, suggesting it helped to starve the cancer cells.
According to the research, a ketogenic diet created a microenvironment in which a triple-drug therapy developed by TGen—a combination of nab-paclitaxel, gemcitabine and cisplatin—was more successful at eradicating the tumor and destabilizing cancer cells.
The ketogenic diet may help improve the effectiveness of chemotherapy, according to a recent TGen study. “By restricting glucose availability, the ketogenic diet might assist in the treatment’s effectiveness,” said Daniel D. Von Hoff, M.D., professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and co-author of the research paper.
Furthermore, the keto diet was found to better improve antitumor immunity by upregulating pro-inflammatory tumor gene expression, which assisted to further weaken the cancer.
The keto diet is a low-carb, high-protein, and fat-rich eating plan that has become popular in recent years. The keto diet encourages your body to burn fats instead of carbohydrates, resulting in weight loss fast. However, the excessive amount of protein and lesser use of carbs can lead to issues such as low blood pressure, constipation, kidney stones, nutritional deficiencies, and an elevated risk of cardiovascular disease.