Personalized diets reducing carbohydrate intake protect breast cancer patients

download (2)Researchers from the Department of Community and Family Medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College have determined that the of returning is reduced if women consume a low carbohydrate diet. The study to be published in the journal of Biomarkers & Prevention determined a dietary impact if the tumor tissue was positive for the IGF-1 receptor. IGF1 receptors have been determined in tumor tissue and these receptors have been linked to treatment resistance. Diet has been linked to insulin activation. This study demonstrates that diet impacts on and treatment and changes the action of a tumor receptor.

“There is a growing body of research demonstrating associations between obesity, diabetes, and cancer ,” said lead author Jennifer A. Emond, an instructor in the Department of Community and Family Medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College. “There are similarities between the biological pathways that underlie all of these conditions, and there is some evidence to suggest that over-activation of the insulin/insulin-like growth factor axis, which increases the availability of IGF1 in the blood, may relate to a poor among survivors.”

The women that took part in the study were part of a larger trial called the Women’s Healthy Eating and Living (WHEL) study conducted between 2001 and 2007.

“We found an association between increased recurrence in women with a primary tumor that was positive for the IGF1 receptor, which is consistent with other studies,” said Emond. “We further found that a decreased carbohydrate intake was associated with decreased recurrence for these women.”

“There are still many unanswered questions regarding this study, including what type of carbohydrate-containing foods may be the most important foods that survivors should limit,” Edmond said. “ survivors should continue to follow a plant-based dietary pattern as suggested by the American Association for and the American Cancer Association, which means eating lots of fiber rich vegetables, legumes, and fruits; consuming whole and also limiting , starchy vegetables, and added sugar.”


J. A. Emond, J. P. Pierce, L. Natarajan, L. R. Gapuz, J. Nguyen, B. A. Parker, N. M. Varki, R. E. Patterson. of Recurrence Associated with Carbohydrate Intake and Tissue Expression of IGFI Receptor. Biomarkers & Prevention, 2014; DOI: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-13-1218

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