Fasting and cancer: Benefits and effects
Fasting may help with cancer treatment. There is a growing body of evidence supporting the role of fasting in both cancer treatment and prevention.
Some research suggests that fasting helps fight cancer by lowering insulin resistance and levels of inflammation. Fasting may also reverse the effects of chronic conditions such as obesity and type 2 diabetes, which are both risk factors for cancer.
Also, researchers believe that fasting may make cancer cells more responsive to chemotherapy while protecting other cells. Fasting may also boost the immune system to help fight cancer that is already present.
This article covers the effects of fasting on cancer treatment and prevention.
Improving insulin sensitivity
Fasting may help improve the effectiveness of chemotherapy.
Insulin is a hormone that allows cells to extract glucose from the blood to use as energy.
When more food is available, the cells in the body become less sensitive to insulin. This insulin resistance means that the cells no longer respond to insulin signals, leading to higher levels of glucose in the blood and higher fat storage.
When the food supply is scarce, the human body tries to conserve as much energy as possible.
One way it accomplishes this task is by making cell membranes more sensitive to insulin. Cells can metabolize insulin more efficiently, removing glucose from the blood.
Better insulin sensitivity makes it harder for cancer cells to grow or develop.
What are the benefits of intermittent fasting?
A specific type of fasting called intermittent fasting has many potential benefits. Learn more about them here.