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Some links on a ketogenic diet and cancer: does it help prevent for cancer?

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/06/27

Disclaimer: only change your diet after consulting with your doctor!

Various cancer patients I know have switched to a ketogenic diet for quite a few years already.

So I did a bit of digging to see if it helps, or more importantly: if it doesn’t make it worse.

My start was the first hits on [Wayback/] ketogenic cancer – Google Scholar:

Some more specific links are at [Wayback] ketogenic colorectal cancer – Google Scholar.

For now, I’m with these conclusions on the Wikipedia articles on Ketosis and Ketogenic diet:

  • Cancer: Preclinical studies have indicated ketosis may have anti-tumor effects, although clinical trials have been limited by small sample sizes and have not shown conclusive benefit.[21]
  • Because some cancer cells are inefficient in processing ketone bodies for energy, the ketogenic diet has also been suggested as a treatment for cancer.[61][62] A 2018 review looked at the evidence from preclinical and clinical studies of ketogenic diets in cancer therapy. The clinical studies in humans are typically very small, with some providing weak evidence for an anti-tumour effect, particularly for glioblastoma, but in other cancers and studies, no anti-tumour effect was seen. Taken together, results from preclinical studies, albeit sometimes contradictory, tend to support an anti-tumor effect rather than a pro-tumor effect of the KD for most solid cancers.[63]


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