Pancreatic Cancer Cells Feed On Sugar
Researchers want federal regulations on fructose.
Some scary findings about sugar: A study conducted by UCLA has found a link between the growth of pancreatic cancer cells and high fructose corn syrup, a type of sugar that is used in many foods, including soft drinks and bread.
U.S. consumption of high fructose corn syrup had skyrocketed in the past few decades. MSNBC reported that it went up 1,000 percent between 1970 and 1990.
“These findings show that cancer cells can readily metabolize fructose to increase proliferation,” wrote Dr. Anthony Heaney of UCLA’s Jonsson Cancer Center, according to MSNBC.
Pancreatic cancer is an especially lethal form of the disease. According to the American Cancer Society, the one-year survival rate is 20 percent, and the five-year survival rate is 4 percent.
Consuming too much sugar of any kind has been linked to other illnesses, including diabetes, heart disease and stroke, according to MSNBC.
In a statement, Heaney said: “I think this paper has a lot of public health implications. Hopefully, at the federal level there will be some effort to step back on the amount of high fructose corn syrup in our diets.” (MSNBC)
Jane Farrell is a senior editor at BettyConfidential.