Fasting Shown to Drastically Reduce the Risk of Breast Cancer

Fasting Shown to Drastically Reduce Risk of Breast Cancer by Kate Grainger

I’ve been reading a lot of different articles lately dealing with ways to help combat breast cancer naturally. Every body is different, every cancer is different. But helping to build up weapons in our arsenal to combat cancers is definitely a good thing.

“Improving the metabolic health of postmenopausal women with obesity may mitigate their risk for breast cancer. Time-restricted eating may be more successful than calorie restriction in controlling the negative effects of obesity, due to the hunger and irritability that makes it more difficult to stick with long-term calorie restriction. The results suggest the anti-tumour effect of time-restricted eating is at least partially due to lower levels of insulin, suggesting this intervention may be effective in breast cancer prevention and therapy. Exploring the ability of time-restricted eating to prevent breast cancer could provide an inexpensive but effective strategy to prevent cancer impacting a wide range of patients and represents a ground-breaking advance in breast cancer research.” -Dr. Manasi Das (University of California, San Diego)

A team lead by Dr. Manasi presented their research at the Endocrine Society’s  annual meeting on March 23, 2019 conducted three separate experiments on mice whose ovaries had been removed to simulate a postmenapausal state – showing a link between insulin resistance and cancer.

In the first experiment, the mice were first fattened up with a high-fat diet, after which they were divided into two groups: One had access to food around the clock, while the other had eight-hour access to chow at night (the time of highest physical activity). The control group consisted of lean mice given access to a low-fat diet 24 hours a day. Three weeks into the experiment, all of the animals were injected with breast cancer cells.

Results showed time-restricted feeding, also known as intermittent fasting, reduced tumour growth in the obese mice to levels similar to those in the lean mice.

In the second experiment, they used mice that were genetically modified to develop breast cancer. As before, half of them had round-the-clock access to a high-fat diet while the others had access to food for eight hours. Here, they also assessed the impact of insulin by artificially raising insulin in some mice using an insulin pump, while lowering it in others using the drug diazoxide.

In the third experiment, mice fed a low-fat diet were either given insulin via an insulin pump or saline as a control, while mice on a high-fat diet were either given diazoxide to lower their insulin levels, or no drug as the control. As you’d suspect, higher insulin levels fuelled tumour development, while lower levels inhibited cancer growth. As reported by the New York Post:

“The results add to a growing body of evidence that indicates obesity and metabolic syndrome, a collection of risk factors that increase the chance of developing heart disease stroke and diabetes, are also risk factors for cancer, particularly postmenopausal breast cancer.”

Indeed, other studies have found intermittent fasting is a powerful anti-cancer strategy, and researchers are even working on getting it approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as an adjunct to cancer treatment to improve long-term survival rates.

Dr. Mercola et. al.

Benefits of Intermittent Fasting

  • Increasing growth hormone by as much as 1,300 percent in women and 2,000 percent in men,thereby promoting muscle development and vitality
  • Upregulating autophagy and mitophagy, which will help protect against most diseases, including cancer and neurodegeneration
  • Lowering oxidative stress and inflammation
  • Improving metabolic efficiency and body composition, modulating levels of dangerous visceral fat, and significantly reducing body weight in obese individuals
  • Protecting against cardiovascular disease
  • Synchronising your body’s biological clocks
  • Releasing ketones into your bloodstream, which help preserve brain function and protect against epileptic seizures, cognitive impairment and other neurodegenerative diseases
  • Lowering insulin and improving your insulin sensitivity; studies have shown intermittent fasting can both prevent and reverse Type 2 diabetes, which is rooted in insulin resistance
  • Shifting stem cells from a dormant state to a state of self-renewal
  • Improving circulating glucose and lipid levels
  • Reproducing some of the cardiovascular benefits associated with exercise
  • Reducing low-density lipoprotein and total cholesterol
  • Eliminating sugar cravings as your body adapts to burning fat instead of sugar
  • Boosting the production of brain-derived neurotrophic factor, which stimulates creation of new brain cells and triggers brain chemicals that protect against brain changes associated with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease
  • Increasing growth hormone by as much as 1,300 percent in women and 2,000 percent in men,thereby promoting muscle development and vitality
  • Increasing levels of the neurotransmitter norepinephrine, which helps your body break down fat to be used as fuel, and benefits your metabolism
  • Boosting mitochondrial energy efficiency and biosynthesis
  • Reducing blood pressure
  • Regenerating the pancreas and improving pancreatic function
  • Improving immune function
  • Increases Longevity — There are a number of mechanisms contributing to this effect. Normalising insulin sensitivity is a major one, but fasting also inhibits the mTOR pathway, which plays an important part in driving the ageing process

Intermittent fasting, that is, following a meal-timing schedule where you’re fasting for at least 16 hours every day and eating all of your meals within eight consecutive hours, has a long list of confirmed health benefits.

There are also other intermittent fasting plans where you dramatically cut back on your calories for a certain number of days each week, while eating normally during the remainder. The 5-to-2 intermittent fasting plan is one such example. The fasting mimicking diet, developed to match the effects of water-only fasting, is another.

Intermittent Fasting Considerations

While intermittent fasting is likely to be beneficial for most people, there are some points to consider:

  • Intermittent fasting does not have to be a form of calorie restrictionIt’s a practice that should make you feel good. If your fasting strategy is making you feel weak and lethargic, re-evaluate your approach.
  • Sugar cravings are temporary

Your hunger and craving for sugar will slowly dissipate as your body starts burning fat as its primary fuel. Once your body has successfully shifted into fat burning mode, it will be easier for you to fast for as long as 18 hours and still feel satiated.

  • When intermittent fasting, it’s important to eat real food

While intermittent fasting may sound like a panacea against ill health and excess weight, it alone may not provide you with all of these benefits. The quality of your diet plays an important role if you’re looking for more than mere weight loss.

It’s critical to avoid processed foods, particularly refined carbohydrates, sugar/fructose and grains. Focus your diet on vegetable carbohydrates, healthy protein in moderate amounts, and healthy fats such as butter, eggs, avocado, coconut oil, olive oil and raw nuts.

It not only highlights healthy eating and an active lifestyle aids in this process but in overall health and longevity. Do you take the time to really look at what you are eating – some preliminary research on packet ingredients my shock and surprise you.

Happy health and living to all.

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