These are all diet trends that people try to lose weight. Some are successful; others are not.
Now there’s another reason to debate the merits of a low-carbohydrate, high protein diet. A new study shows that eating this way may reduce the risk of cancer. It can also slow down the growth of tumors that already exist, according to a study published in Cancer Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.
Although the study was conducted in mice, the findings were significant enough that scientists agreed “an effect in humans can be considered,” a news release states.
Patients should always seek the advice of their doctor for nutritional guidance.
“This shows that something as simple as a change in diet can have an impact on cancer risk,” said Dr. Gerald Krystal, lead researcher, in the news release. Krystal is a scientist at the British Columbia Cancer Research Centre.
For the study, scientists implanted tumor cells into mice who lived on one of two diets. The first diet was comprised of 55 percent carbohydrates, 23 percent protein and 22 percent fat. The second diet had 15 percent carbohydrates, 58 percent protein and 26 percent fat. The tumor cells in the mice on the high protein diet grew slower, according to the study.
“Many cancer patients are interested in making changes in areas that they can control,” said George Prendergast, editor-in-chief of Cancer Research and CEO of the Lankenau Institute for Medical Research. “This study definitely lends credence to the idea that a change in diet can be beneficial.”
Source: Cancer Research, American Association for Cancer Research
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