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Deadly carbohydrates The Lethal Sugar/Cancer Connection

October 2014

By Stephanie Martinson


Many people have shifted away from animal proteins and fats toward a more carbohydrate-rich diet in an effort to improve their health and longevity.

Unfortunately, diets high in carbohydrates, especially sugars and refined starch, raise cancer risk. This is, in part, due to higher levels of IGF-1, a growth factor that promotes cell replication and slows programmed cell death—two major components of cancer development.

High levels of IGF-1 are strongly associated with breast cancers, and perhaps others. In addition, tumors promoted by IGF-1 are more likely than other tumors to be resistant to standard hormone treatments, increasing the need for more toxic chemotherapy.

You can help control IGF-1 levels by restricting intake of refined carbohydrates (white starches) and increasing intake of dietary fiber. Many people find these dietary interventions difficult to sustain.

An alternative to these dietary shifts is to use natural supplement formulas that reduce the ability of dietary carbohydrates to reach your bloodstream, thereby lowering blood sugar, improving insulin sensitivity, and potentially reducing the body’s production of cancer-promoting IGF-1.

Several such supplements exist in multi-ingredient formulas, thus providing broad-spectrum blood sugar modulating mechanisms. By choosing an appropriate supplement formula regimen to be taken before carbohydrate- and starch-containing meals, you may reduce cancer risks associated with elevated blood glucose, insulin, and IGF-1.

If you have any questions on the scientific content of this article, please call a Life Extension® Health Advisor at1-866-864-3027.


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