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Fasting and Sugar free diet to prevent return of cancer.

MBHPJMBHPJ SydneyMember Posts: 6
Can anyone point me in the direction of reliable research concerning fasting and sugar free diets preventing cancer reoccurance. I am in the middle of treatment for an aggressive type of cancer triple positive Grade 3, so want to give my body its best chance.
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  • HallaHalla Travancore, MelbourneMember Posts: 66
    https://www.breastcancer.org/research-news/can-fasting-reduce-recurrence-risk

    This is something I’m interested in too, although I read one study that suggested breast cancer cells might actually thrive on you fasting 🤷🏼‍♀️.

    It seems universally accepted that healthy eating is a good idea though, right? and a good diet and exercise pattern that helps you maintain a healthy weight. 

    I listened to this podcast today. He points out that it is important to get enough nutrition during active treatment for best healing.

  • MBHPJMBHPJ SydneyMember Posts: 6
    Totally agree with the healthy eating which I am trying to do!!!! Have had a single mascectomy and have one last AC to go next Friday then on to weekly Taxol. How about you?
  • HallaHalla Travancore, MelbourneMember Posts: 66
    MBHPJ said:
    Totally agree with the healthy eating which I am trying to do!!!! Have had a single mascectomy and have one last AC to go next Friday then on to weekly Taxol. How about you?
    @MBHPJ Yes, me too, although in giving up drinking since my diagnosis I must admit I have found comfort in after dinner chocolate 😬...have also upped intake of fruit and veges though...I’ve had a triple lumpectomy on left boob, and have just started letrozole. Just waiting on genetic testing to confirm whether to have mastectomies or radiation.

    I tend to agree with @afraser about the sugar...seems sensible to cut down or cut out added refined sugar and processed foods ...but sugars/carbs are in fruit and veg and whole grains too and I can’t believe it would be healthy to eliminate them.
  • Julez1958Julez1958 SydneyMember Posts: 44
    Hi I read lots of stuff in the early days until one of my friends who is a retired nurse said to me “ the internet is a library with no librarian”.
    I have seen a nutritionist who specialises in cancer patients and she said the important thing is to eat a balanced diet with lots of fresh fruit and vegetables and adequate protein ( fish is great) and to eliminate or cut drastically alcohol.
    I don’t believe there is a scientific conclusion that eliminating sugar can prevent cancer recurrence and as others have said there is sugar in many natural foods like fruit which are good for you.
    Eliminating or drastically cutting down on processed foods that contain sugar ( like cakes and biscuits) is a win win as it will help your healthy heart.
  • iserbrowniserbrown Regional VictoriaMember Posts: 4,504
    @MBHPJ

    There's certainly a heightened awareness of self as we work our way through diagnosis and treatment. 
    BCNA website offers an insight into the topic 
    Hope you find it helpful 

    Take care and best wishes

    "Healthy eating | Breast Cancer Network Australia" https://www.bcna.org.au/health-wellbeing/physical-wellbeing/healthy-eating/
  • Caz1Caz1 Bayside , Melbourne Member Posts: 361
    @MBHPJ I’m interested in this too- I’ve read about this  and listened to various nutritionists speak about it.  Personally I Believe there is something to the intermittent fasting thing where fasting for 14 hrs and eating within the other 10 slows down your metabolism of your cancer cells.  But within that 10 hours I eat a balanced diet, eating my mostly low g.i. sugars and balanced everything else.  Mind you ,I sought the help of a nutritionist who has an interest in cancer.

    i don’t know how to send links of the relevant podcasts onto this , but let me know if you want me to give you the names of the ones I listen to!

    Caz x
  • HallaHalla Travancore, MelbourneMember Posts: 66
    Yes please tell us what podcasts you like @Caz1 🙏🏻 That would be great.
  • Caz1Caz1 Bayside , Melbourne Member Posts: 361

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  • Caz1Caz1 Bayside , Melbourne Member Posts: 361
    @Halla I love podcasts haha!

    There are a couple more I have queued up  to listen to if they are any good I will let you know
    The first one is actually made by the dieticians I saw at oncore nutrition
     :) 
  • HallaHalla Travancore, MelbourneMember Posts: 66
    So do I @Caz1! Thank you! I’m going to queue them up. I have listened to all the upfront ones already so I need those new ones :-)) I listen to them every night going to sleep and if (when) I wake up in the middle of the night 
  • Caz1Caz1 Bayside , Melbourne Member Posts: 361
    @Halla, there are heaps of breast cancer podcasts. I’ve just rediscovered breast cancer.org which is excellent too.  I listen to podcasts ( not just breast cancer) all day long and when I’m too tired to read  :)  My family roll their eyes cos I’m alway saying “I heard a really good podcast
    today “ but I learn so much!
    good luck and let me know if you find anything game changing
    Caz xx
  • MBHPJMBHPJ SydneyMember Posts: 6
    Thank you everyone. @Caz1 I have just come back to this post today- perfect timing it is a rainy day in Sydney so plenty of time to listen to a few podcasts.
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