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Rudolf verwies am 9.4.2006 auf das Kapitel "Sugar" in dem Buch "Cancer - Nutrition and Survival" von Steve Hickey/Hilary Roberts und fuhr fort:
ich plane gerade für mich ein Experiment mit Vitamin C und Alpha-Liponsäure, bei dem es auch sehr wichtig sein wird, strengste Kohlenhydratkontrolle vorzunehmen, ich werde mir ständig meinen Blutzuckerspiegel kontrollieren. Bei dem Transport in die Zelle hinein sind Glukose und Vitamin C Konkurrenten, sie benutzen dieselben Transportwege: Wenn man will, dass mehr VitC reinkommt, muss man darauf achten, dass wenig Glukose angeliefert wird.
Pure, white and deadly” John Yudkin
In well-designed scientific studies, a “sugar pill” is a placebo or dummy, which is given to control subjects in a double-blind trial. Early scientists presumably assumed that sugar was safe and would have minimal effects on the body, making it ideal for comparison with the actions of a drug or treatment.
However, sugar has profound effects: as far as the body is concerned, it contains pure calories. Much of the energy intake of a modern diet is in the form of sugars and starches, which supply nutrient-free energy. High sugar consumption leads to weight gain, particularly when combined with low exercise levels.
Diets high in sugar and carbohydrates lead to poor health.725 A recent self-reported comparison of health and nutrition in 37,053 British people indicates the relationship of sugar to health.726 People who consumed large amounts of sugar-based snacks were about five times more likely to report poor health. Other dietary intakes associated with sugar intake, such as wheat, dairy, refined foods, tea and coffee, were also linked with reduced health. Additional foods related to feelings of illness were red meat and salt. Foods associated with good health had a relatively high ratio of effective antioxidants to carbohydrate; these include fresh fruit, vegetables, salad, seeds, nuts and oily fish.
Overeating is a major risk factor for cancer.725 Obese people are more likely to develop tumours, whereas people who eat less are more resistant. The problem of obesity is rising throughout the western world. The average American is now overweight,727 and two percent or more are severely obese.728 Lack of exercise and poor diet are leading causes of premature death.729 14% of cancer deaths in men and 20% of those in women are related to obesity.730 This includes deaths from cancer of the breast, cervix, colon, oesophagus, gallbladder, kidney, liver, ovary, pancreas, prostate, stomach (male), and uterus.
The appeal of sugar is not limited to humans; it has a broad biological basis. Sugars provide easily assimilated energy for many organisms. As a result, the exchange of sugar is involved in many relationships between organisms.731 For example, the sweet nectar of flowering plants is used to attract insects for pollination. Some plants, such as a species of eucalyptus, excrete large amounts of sugars to attract ants, which provide protection against herbivores. Ants themselves farm caterpillars that excrete sugar. Keeping the caterpillars requires more energy than they excrete in the form of sugars, which indicates the importance of the sugar supply. In some cases, such as with the caterpillar Maculinea arion, the farmed animal will even eat ants.732
The relationship between cancer and its host also depends on the provision of sugars and other essential nutrients, to fuel abnormal growth. This chapter looks at the relationship between sugar and cancer. We will consider prevention of cancer separately from treatment. This is because a diet to help people avoid cancer may differ from a diet that is optimal for a patient with advanced disease. As we consider the role of glucose, it will become apparent that it is intimately related to the actions of vitamin C in the cell. This interaction provides a means for preventing tumour growth and selectively killing cancer cells.
Restricting calories
Those who wish to avoid cancer or to live longer, if they already have the disease, are often advised to cut down on sugar.725,733,749 Glucose deprivation generates oxidative stress within tumours, because of a possible defect in the metabolism of cancer cells.734 One anticancer diet is called Calorie Restriction with Optimal Nutrition (CRON). This consists of eating 70–80% of the calories required to maintain body weight, while getting an optimal level of vitamins and other nutrients. The core restriction is the total energy consumed.
Research has shown that a reduced calorie diet can extend average lifespan in many species, while also reducing the chronic disease load.735 In mice, energy restriction reduces the number of spontaneous tumours.736 Such deprivation inhibits the growth of mammary cancer, suppresses the growth of implanted tumours and increases survival rates.737,738 In Sweden, researchers found that women who had been treated for anorexia nervosa before they were 40 had a 53% lower incidence of breast cancer.739 Although this result is consistent with a large effect of calorie restriction, it is worth noting that these women’s intake of specific vitamins and nutrients was also reduced.
Glucose metabolism
Sugar is the ultimate junk food; it is high in energy but contains no other nutrient value. Sugars and refined flour products make up a large portion of the western diet. Indeed, high carbohydrate diets seem to dominate official recommendations for healthy eating.
One approach to estimating the effect of these foods on the body is the glycaemic index (GI). The glycaemic index is a measure of the metabolic effects of dietary carbohydrates.740,741 The GI measures how a particular food increases blood sugar levels in the body. The higher the GI value, the greater are the body’s glucose and insulin responses to the food in question. Since the body’s response varies with the amount of food, this measure can be misleading. For this reason, a modification called the glycaemic load (GL) has been developed,740 to take into account the amount of food consumed.
For many people, this is a rather unworkable form of dietary advice. To illustrate the problem, we refer the reader to the publication of an international table of the glycaemic index and load of foods. In 2002, the table contained 750 entries.742 Such a table is huge: even a simple meal could require a substantial amount of arithmetic, not to mention guesswork as to the effects of combining different foods. In the longer term, following such a diet may be impractical for the majority of people. However, the approach may be productive in helping to construct general dietary advice guidelines, or for studying the health impacts of manufactured food.
Several projects have investigated the association between glycaemic load and cancer. Controlled studies have shown that a high glycaemic load carries an increased risk of cancer in the higher gut,743,744 uterus,745 ovary,746 and colon.747 Studies of glycaemic index and glycaemic load provide valuable research tools, as high levels of glucose in the blood promote cancer.748,749,820 Indicators of diabetes, such as increased blood glucose, are associated with higher risk of colon cancer.750 Diabetes is associated with increased risk of cancer of the bowel,751,752,753,754,755,756 uterus,757 and pancreas.754,758 Furthermore, diabetes may be an independent predictor of mortality from cancer of the colon, pancreas, liver, bladder and female breast.754
Healthy people can benefit from learning the concept of glycaemic load and its relationship to different types of food. Prospective studies have shown an increased risk of cancer with high glycaemic load.759,760,761 Other studies suggest this risk is specific to sedentary, overweight subjects.762,763,764,765 As is often the case with such studies, others found no increase in risk, providing contradictory evidence.766,767,768,769
Despite these conflicting findings, people wanting to maintain good health would be wise to limit their intake of foods with a high glycaemic index. To a first approximation, the result of reducing the glycaemic load is similar to a low carbohydrate diet.
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[Eine Übersetzung dieser Studie steht noch aus – Ed]
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