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Cancer Cells Are Addicted to Sugar

Not this kind of sugar, but might want to minimize it anyway / Photo: norwichnuts, Flickr

Not this kind of sugar, but you should minimize it anyway / norwichnuts, Flickr

Maybe, like me, you have no idea why you got breast cancer — no family history, you eat right, exercise your butt off, don’t smoke, don’t drink, and generally take rockin’ good care of yourself. Here’s one possibility: you might have too much natural sugar in your body.

That’s what researchers at Drexel University College of Medicine are saying, now that they’ve discovered that a certain type of sugar found naturally in the body (called O-GlcNAc) is elevated in breast cancer cells and is thought to cause cancer growth and movement.

But get this: If levels of this sugar are reduced and normalized, the growth of cancer cells can possibly be slowed. Sounds good to me — now if someone can just turn this discovery into a way to target breast cancer, then I’ll be happy!

More here.