Eat by science: scientists have found a diet that helps treat cancer

US, WASHINGTON (NEWS OBSERVATORY) — Scientists seem to have found a diet in which chemotherapy becomes more effective. A certain nutritional scheme can help in the treatment of cancer, but more research and a reasonable approach to the news itself are still needed.

A group of doctors from Italy, the Netherlands, and the United States concluded that nutrition can help fight cancer. Scientists conducted clinical trials of a diet that mimics fasting, and it turned out that it helps in the initial stages of chemotherapy. Their research is published in the publication Nature Communications.

True, while research was carried out on mice, but the data showed that with short-term fasting or a diet that mimics fasting, that is, in which the body receives less nutrients than usual, cancer cells have become more vulnerable to therapy.

That is, apparently, the principle is this: the cells of the body lack nutrients, and this makes them weaker, moreover, healthy and cancerous, and in such conditions they respond better to treatment. In any case, there is still a lot of research ahead in humans and on types of cancer.

But for us, not oncologists and scientists, another thing is dangerous – the interpretation of these data. It is quite possible that soon some sites will be full of headings of the type: “Found a diet against cancer” or “Exclude these three products and you will not get sick” and the like. And as far as the “anti-cancer” products are known, both beets and green tea, and you can substitute anything in this list, because no one will check anyway.

But evidence-based medicine works differently. Yes, it does not give unambiguous answers by type – it is useful, but it is harmful. You may have heard that WHO recommends consuming more than 400 grams of fruits and vegetables per day. This will help improve overall health and reduce the risk of noncommunicable diseases.

Feel it? Reduce risk, do not rule out at all. And even such a formulation is supported by hundreds of scientific papers. Therefore, a diet simulating starvation can help in the treatment of cancer, but in order to be sure of this “can”, it takes more time and research.


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