Cells in our body require sugar to survive. However, cancer cells require sugar much more than healthy cells do. Additionally, they break down sugar much faster than the healthy ones. The quick and efficient mechanism of cancer to metabolize sugar is known as the Warburg effect.
The Warburg was known since the 1920s when Otto Warburg and his colleagues made experiments on tumors that take up enormous amounts of glucose in comparison to what was observed in the tissues that surrounded it. Also, glucose was fermented to produce lactate in the presence of oxygen and because of that, the term is called aerobic glycolysis.
Additionally, it has been discovered recently that the industry of sugar had hidden links between cancer and sugar and heart disease and sugar for over 50 years.
Researchers have thought whether this phenomenon is somehow related to the aggressiveness of the growth of tumor cells and how cancer cells ferment sugar rather than the normal mechanisms that other cells use for the production of energy. This fermentation process has been officially linked to the continually encouraging growth of tumors.
One of the researchers, prof. Johan Thevelin stated that “Our research reveals how the hyperactive sugar consumption of cancerous cells leads to a vicious cycle of continued stimulation of cancer development and growth. Thus, it is able to explain the correlation between the strength of the Warburg effect and tumor aggressiveness. This link between sugar and cancer has sweeping consequences. Our results provide a foundation for future research in this domain, which can now be performed with a much more precise and relevant focus.”
The cancer research has an exciting future thanks to this finding. This will also help us determine to diet in order to slow the process of the cancer. Additionally, it will help us take more control over our own treatment and prevention for cancer.