How might the keto diet help treat cancer?
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The ketogenic diet restricts carbs to a minimum.
The ketogenic diet consists of high fat foods, foods that contain an adequate amount of protein, and a very low amount of carbohydrates.
Normally, the human body gets its main source of energy (sugar) from carbs.
However, the ketogenic diet deprives the body of glucose, inducing a state of "ketosis."
During ketosis, the body is forced to break down stored fat instead of sugar to produce an alternative source of energy.
The ketogenic, or "keto," diet has been around for centuries. Traditionally, some have used it as a therapy for conditions such as diabetes and epilepsy.
Newer studies have started to examine the therapeutic potential of the keto diet for other conditions, such as cancer, polycystic ovary syndrome, and Alzheimer's disease.
“The key finding of our new study in mice is that a ketogenic diet alone does have some tumor growth inhibitory effect in [SCC] […]. When we combined this with the diabetes drug and chemotherapy, it was even more effective.”