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A study has found that a keto diet could help treat cancer. For many years scientists have debated the benefits of different diets, including low-carb and high-fat diets. However, scientists have found the benefits of a ketogenic diet in cancer patients. This food fights cancer by depriving them of glucose for growth.

The keto diet has been a trend for years

Keto has been a trendy diet for years, enabling people to lose about 10% of their weight. Celebrities such as Halle Berry, Megan Fox, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Kourtney Kardashian have been promoting its benefits in weight loss. Scientists have now found that it could improve the lives of cancer patients.

The study also examined the impact of low-carb, high-fat diets. It concluded that these meals increased the occurrence rate of wasting disease when researchers experimented on mice with colorectal and pancreatic cancer. As a result, patients experienced extreme weight loss (cachexia), which causes immune suppression, fatigue, and reduced appetite.

According to Tobias Janowitz, an assistant professor from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, cachexia, common in cancer patients, is due to a wound not healing. The patients become weak and can’t handle any more treatment. Daily tasks also become challenging to do.

Patients can benefit from using corticosteroids while on a keto diet

A keto diet removes carbs like bread and eats more dairy and meat. Scientists working on the experiment found that these meals produce the benefits of fighting cancer when patients take them with corticosteroids. They also lower the lethal side effects of the drug.

The team noted during the study that tumors in the mice on a keto diet shrunk, enabling them to live longer. Professor Janowitz states that while healthy mice lose weight and then plateau on a keto diet, sick mice continue to lose weight. The reason is that they lack corticosterone to regulate weight. As a result, the keto causes ferroptosis, a process where toxic blood fats kill cancer cells.

The team is now trying to work on when to time the corticosteroid administration so that patients get those out of a keto diet. Researchers hope that more healthcare workers will use this diet to help patients.