A recent article in the journal Diabetologia highlights “new” data suggesting that pre-diabetes contributes to cancer. (1) Of course it does, we’ve known this for years!
So what’s the big deal?
- First off, pre-diabetes affects nearly 100 million Americans alone, which is up from 80 million in 2010. (2)
- Second, without intervention, sources like the Mayo Clinic advise that “Prediabetes is likely to become type 2 diabetes in 10 years or less.” (3)
- Third, research has recently discovered that cancer patients are more likely to die from the disease if they also have diabetes. (4)
Essentially, sugar feeds cancer cells and shuts down the immune system, which puts the body at increased risk of developing cancer (more on that later…). The bottom line is that if you avoid pre-diabetes, your chances of getting cancer drop several-fold!
Also known as “borderline diabetes,” pre-diabetes is defined as: (5)
- Fasting blood glucose levels between 100-125.
- Oral glucose tolerance test levels between 140-199 after the second test.
- Hemoglobin A1C (3 month blood sugar average) test levels between 5.7%-6.4%.
Typically, conventional medical doctors will take one of these three tests and provide a working diagnosis based off of the lab values. Then, most will give their patients some pretty generic advise on how to change the following 3 risk factors: (5)
- Weight Control – For overweight or obese patients, losing just a few pounds can have dramatic effect on their likelihood of developing full-blown diabetes. However, if they do not lose weight, type 2 diabetes is all but inevitable.
- Exercise – Essentially, anything that gets the heart pumping at elevated levels will help. Although, we know that it’s best to work out smarter and not just harder. Burst training is my personal favorite and has been shown clinically to be a safe, effective method at controlling elevated blood glucose levels. (6)
- Nutrition – This is a HUGE piece of the pie (pun intended) and I will be addressing this more below.
Before I jump into my nutrition protocol, it’s important to understand the importance of keeping our blood sugar levels in check and how this can prevent diabetes and virtually every disease.
Sugar: Linked to Most Diseases Today?
White processed sugar and all of its many varieties, is the most dangerous so-call “food” substance on the planet and should be avoided like the plague. Period. According to Nancy Appleton, PhD there are 141 reasons this is so because there are 141 ways sugar ruins your health. (7) According to numerous sources, sugar has been linked to: (8, 9, 10)
- Chronic fatigue
- Decreased metabolism
- Dental caries
- Energy depletion
- Heart disease
- Hormone imbalance and adrenal fatigue
- Immune system
- Mineral depletion, weakened bones and osteoporosis
- Organ dysfunction
- Skin conditions like acne and eczema
- Stomach ulcers
- And the list goes on…
And here’s the real danger: Sugar is literally everywhere.
Unless you grow and make all of your own food, it’s pretty impossible to avoid sugar. In the words of the American Nutrition Association,
“According to the American Heart Association (AHA), the average adult in the United States takes in 22 teaspoons of added sugar a day, or a whopping 150 pounds a year, while teens pile in 34 teaspoons a day. That’s more than twice the amount of sugar we should be eating.” (11)
The bottom line is that sugar is extremely toxic and deadly, and regularly consuming it will slowly start to deteriorate literally every aspect of your health. Although no one knows why someone develops (let’s say) cancer first or diabetes first, if you live long enough and eat sugar you will most likely suffer from both of them.
Sugar & Immunity
Everything in moderation, right?
For 40 years, it has been a well-established fact that sugar can literally cripple your immune system. Specifically, it impedes the ability of your white blood cells to do their job at killing harmful bacteria and “cleaning house.” (12) Experts claim that just 100 grams of sugar shuts down your white blood cell’s ability to kill the pathogens by up to 90%. And this happens just 15 minutes after it first touches your mouth! (13) Every since a 1973 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, we have known that “One can of [soda] has enough sugar to shut down 50% of our immune system for a minimum of 4 hours.” (13)
And here’s the cancer connection:
When we consume sugar, we are simultaneously shutting off our defenses while pouring gasoline on the fire that is Cancer. When we take into account that “50 to 70% of our total immune system cells cannot see cancer … even on our best day,” the notion of adding it to our diet seems even more blasphemous. (13)
Controlling Pre-Diabetes with Nutrition
Before sugar hit the scene, people lived off of the land and enjoyed the tasty fruits and treats God gave them; including raw honey, stevia and even raw sugar cane! Traditionally eaten quite sparingly, these sweets can provide energy and add vital nutrients to our diets. However, the problem today is that they are consumed not just daily, but at every meal for most people. People ask me all the time how to eat healthy and when I tell them to cut out sugar, they oftentimes look at me in bewilderment. Confused and not even sure how to begin that journey, I have put together the Maximized Living Core and Advanced Plans to help people do just that.
Take some time to review The Core Plan and The Advanced Plan and use it as a roadmap to get you started. There are several dos-and-don’ts and I’ve taken out all of the guesswork.
As a word of caution, be careful of the Top 4 Hidden Sources of Sugar. They’re virtually in every processed food on the market today, and even in most “natural” and “organic” products. Stayed tuned to my blog and I’ll help keep you up-to-date on the most current evidenced-based information available so you won’t get duped into eating something bad for you.