A member asked:

Cancer cell loves sugar.r fruits not suitable as cancer patients' diet? read sum books tat veggie n fruit diet can inhibit cancer cell.is tat correc?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander answered

Specializes in Pathology

Disinformation: Cancer cells do more glycolysis and less aerobic metabolism probably because they're not in the business of providing rapid bursts of energy like muscle or nerve. The "warburg hypothesis" is of historical interest only. The claim that "cancer cells love sugar" is intended to mislead, but fruits and vegetables are very helpful for maintaining general health as part of a well-balanced diet.

Answered 5/1/2013


Dr. Richard Bensinger answered

Specializes in Ophthalmology

Not effective: Cancer cells survive by outcompeting your normal cells. They certainly thrive on sugar, but all cells do. If you were to limit sugar, to starve out cancer, you would starve out every other cell as well. Veggie and fruit diets have health benefits but no proven anti-cancer benefits.

Answered 10/25/2019



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