Cancer Cells Use Fructose, New Study Suggests

August 4th, 2010 - 7:47 pm ICT by GD  

By Ranjan Bhaduri
cancercellsAug 4, (THAINDIAN NEWS) A new study suggests that Pancreatic tumor cells depend on Fructose for multiplying in the body of a cancer afflicted person. The new finding shatters the previous concept that all forms of sugar are nearly the same. The tumor cells fed fructose and glucose has been found to react to the different sugars in distinct ways. The research was conducted by a team at University of California. The result of the finding is available in Cancer Research journal. As a matter of fact pancreatic cancer is among the most fatal forms of cancer and some other studies have also linked fructose intake with this type of cancer.

The residents of USA usually take high amounts of Fructose mainly through high fructose corn syrup. The soft drinks sold in the USA also have a good mix of glucose and fructose. It is also found in various other foods taken by the Americans. Whether fructose helps cancer cells to grow or not, excess of any kind of sugar invites obesity and related ailments in a person’s body. California and some other states of the USA have levied a tax on the soft drinks with high sugar content to keep the obesity related ailments at bay. However, some cola companies have evaded this tax so far.

The new study and its findings have created a sensation in the medical community. The research team is hopeful about developing a medicine that may thwart the cancer cells to use fructose. The team also thinks that the federal government will take steps to curb the use of fructose in drinks in near future.

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