Food for thought... Avapro Research Confirms, avapro Refined Sugar Feeds Cancer Researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah have uncovered new information that sugar “feeds” tumors. The findings may also have implications for other diseases such as diabetes. The research is published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “It’s been known since 1923 that tumor cells use a lot more glucose than normal cells. Our research helps show how this process takes place, avapro and how it might be stopped to control tumor growth, avapro” says Don Ayer, avapro Ph.D., avapro a Huntsman Cancer Institute investigator and professor in the Department of Oncological Sciences at the University of Utah. During both normal and cancerous cell growth, avapro a cellular process takes place that involves both glucose (sugar) and glutamine (an amino acid). Glucose and glutamine are both essential for cell growth, avapro and it was long assumed they operated independently, avapro but Ayer’s research shows they are inter-dependent. He discovered that by restricting glutamine availability, avapro glucose utilization is also stopped. “Essentially, avapro if you don’t have glutamine, avapro the cell is short circuited due to a lack of glucose, avapro which halts the growth of the tumor cell” Ayer says. The research, avapro spearheaded by Mohan Kaadige, avapro Ph.D., avapro a postdoctoral fellow in Ayer’s lab, avapro focused on MondoA, avapro a protein that is responsible for turning genes on and off. In the presence of glutamine, avapro MondoA blocks the expression of a gene called TXNIP. TXNIP is thought to be a tumor suppressor, avapro but when it’s blocked by MondoA , avapro it allows cells to take up glucose, avapro which in turn drives tumor growth. Ayer’s research could lead to new drugs that would target glutamine utilization, avapro or target MondoA or TXNIP. Ayer says the next step in his research is to develop animal models to test his ideas about how MondoA and TXNIP control cell growth. Avapro “If we can understand that, avapro we can break the cycle of glucose utilization which could be beneficial in the treatment of cancer, avapro” Ayer says. My Thoughts I think its important to remember that all of us have cancer right now, avapro but our immune system fights it off. That’s why diet is so important, avapro we all must keep our immune system running at 100%. I think we can also agree that we know sugar isn’t good for us, avapro our tongue loves it, avapro but our body doesn’t.Food for thought* So why would we consume something that ‘feeds’ the very thing most of us fear the most? Where are we getting all this sugar? If I had to guess it’d be soda pop. Think about this…if sugar is proven to feed cancer, avapro and the number of Americans with cancer increases every year, avapro could there be a link regarding soda and cancer? Here are some scary statistics and something to think about. Soda pop is basically liquid sugar . More than a quarter of all drinks consumed in the United States are soda. Americans drink an average of 1.6 cans of soda pop every day. 80% of schools have soda vending machines. 56% of 8-year-olds down soft drinks daily, avapro and 1/3 of teenagers drink at least 3 cans of soda pop per day. Carbonated soda pop provides more added sugar in a typical 2-year-old toddler’s diet than cookies, avapro candies and ice cream combined. Original article can be found at: http://current.com/1o8t64c