Sumary of Turns out, you can fight cancer with a ketogenic diet:
- Here what the study has to say Published in the journal Frontiers in Nutrition, the report is the first evaluation of the use of ketogenic metabolic therapy (KMT) without chemo or radiation interventions, on a patient diagnosed with IDH1-mutant glioblastoma (GBM)..
- Ketogenic therapy is a non-toxic nutritional approach, viewed as complementary or alternative, that uses a low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet to manage a range of cancers, including glioblastoma..
- So the findings are particularly relevant to other patients whose tumours contain this mutation, according to Boston College Professor of Biology Thomas Seyfried, a co-author of the report and a leading researcher who has long advocated the benefits of KMT to treat disease..
- However, large-scale clinical trials for alternative therapies are difficult to initiate, leading researchers to carefully examine individual cases..
- The patient, in this case, was diagnosed with glioblastoma in 2014 and eschewed the traditional standard of care and instead embarked on a self-directed ketogenic diet — low in carbohydrates and high in fat — in an effort to manage his cancer..
- The researchers found “the patient tumour continued to grow very slowly over a three-year period without expected vasogenic edema until 2017,”.
- The pathology specimen confirmed the diagnosis of GBM and that the patient tumour also contained the IDH1 mutation..
- “In light of continued slow progression of the residual tumour, the patient intensified his KMT starting in October 2018 with the inclusion of mindfulness techniques to reduce stress….