This week, on A Different Perspective, Dr. Flynn continues with Part 4 of the Breast Cancer Series. In this episode, Doc explains how high blood glucose and sugar consumption increase breast cancer risk and spread. He also shares a powerful herb that can reduce your sugar cravings, lower glucose absorption, and even help regenerate your pancreas. Then, Jamie Barke joins Doc to share some disturbing things going on in public schools.

Introduction

Dr. Flynn begins by talking about breast cancer and how it’s not just about increasing awareness with pink ribbons. While awareness is important, it doesn’t reduce the incidence of breast cancer. Instead, we need a different perspective on what causes breast cancer and how to avoid it.

A Viewer Email

Dr. Flynn then shares an email that came in from an ADP viewer:

Dr. Patrick,

Thank you for all the content you put out, I recently found you on Instagram and started watching your videos and loving your Breast cancer series because I have it currently and going through treatments. Recently I asked my doctor about foods I should and should not be eating and he said it does not matter, l so I asked him specifically about sugar and he replied, “Sugar does not affect breast cancer”. I have read a lot about it, and can you let me know your thoughts on sugar’s effect, and would you suggest people to stay away from it?

Sincerely,

Missy H.

Well, Doc has some thoughts… First of all, where is this doctor pulling his data from? Doc can give a convincing argument that, yes, sugar does affect breast cancer. Let’s see if there’s any evidence that supports this idea.

Let’s look at this doctor’s direct statement: “Sugar does not affect breast cancer.” Let’s see what the data says…

Sugar and Breast Cancer: Is There Any Evidence?

Study #1: Glucose (Sugar) Metabolism in Breast Cancer

Here’s the first study: “Glucose Metabolism and Glucose transporters in Breast Cancer.”

Abstract

Breast cancer is the most common malignancy in women worldwide and is associated with high mortality rates despite the continuously advancing treatment strategies.

Let’s start right there. They keep talking about breast cancer awareness and how they are having success… Well, here’s a simple question based on data, “Why do you think they say that our survival rates from breast cancer are wonderful, yet, if you actually read the data, we have a high mortality rate?”

So, people are not doing well despite the fact that we have many advanced treatment strategies. That already should make you question what’s going on. Why are they saying we’re doing so well with breast cancer? What do they mean – that people are living a little longer? Well, that’s not really true, statistically. Of course, they do manipulate statistics…

It’s All About Transporters and Receptors

The abstract continues:

Glucose is essential for cancer cell metabolism owing to the Warburg effect. During the process of glucose metabolism, various glycolytic metabolites, such as serine and glycine metabolites, are produced and other metabolic pathways, such as the pentose phosphate pathway (PPP), are associated with the process. Glucose is transported into the cell by glucose transporters, such as GLUT.

GLUT 1 is a receptor site that is the main transporter for glucose. It allows the cell to draw the glucose into it, like a key and a lock. So, researchers can measure certain metabolic pathways to assess the metabolism, growth, and conversions that are happening in the cell. They continue:

One of the fundamental characteristics of cancer cells that differs from normal cells is metabolic reprogramming—producing energy through glycolysis rather than mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation, which is known as the Warburg effect after the German scientist Otto Warburg who first described it in the 1950s.

They knew how sugar affected cancer cells back in the 1950s! Continuing…

These glucose metabolic pathways and glucose transporters have pivotal roles in cancer metabolism as well as in cancer progression and metastasis, and such metabolic characteristics can be used in imaging diagnosis and targeted therapies.

Cancer Loves Sugar!

There are certain things that people don’t realize. Did you know when they run a dye through you to find certain cancers, those contrasts are sugar-based?! The cells absorb the dye. A cancer cell will metabolize ten times the sugar compared to a normal cell.

So, when they run the dye through your system, they are monitoring a sugar-based dye that goes into a cancer cell that absorbs it in high levels. When they do imaging, that cell stands out from normal cells.

Now, they are even adding glucose to certain cancer drug therapies so that the cancer cells absorb it better than regular cells.

Think about that! They are using glucose (sugar) metabolism, glucose (sugar) transporters, and glucose (sugar) receptors… to diagnose cancer and cause it to light up for imaging. But what else does glucose (sugar) do when it comes to cancer? It causes metastasis. –It causes cancer growth, spreading, and cell proliferation.

Study #2: High Glucose (Sugar) Promotes Breast Cancer

Let’s look at another article… High glucose promotes breast cancer proliferation and metastasis by impairing angiotensinogen expression.

Discussion

The coincidence of breast cancer and diabetes has been increasingly recognized clinically. Accumulative evidences have unraveled the intimate association between high blood glucose and a variety of human malignancies.

Glucose does have a relationship with all cells that grow on a regular basis. We know this. If you look at insulin, a hormone that’s produced when blood sugar is elevated, it’s a growth hormone! If you have a cell that’s growing, aging, metastasizing, or proliferating (multiplying), insulin influences it.

Here we set out to clarify the potential influences of high glucose concentration on tumor biology of breast cancer in vitro, and attempted to elucidate the underlying mechanism. Our data clearly demonstrated that high glucose promoted cell proliferation, viability, and anchorage-independent growth.

Right there! That’s all you have to know: High glucose concentration promoted cell proliferation and growth.

In addition, cell migration and invasion capacity were significantly enhanced in the high glucose medium in comparison with normal culture medium, which indicated that high glucose contributed to the metastatic behavior of breast cancer as well.

That statement right there should dictate your glucose consumption if you have breast cancer. If you do have breast cancer, what should your glucose (sugar) consumption be? It should be very minimal.

Isn’t it pretty obvious that you should at least limit your glucose? It’s pretty clear after reading the research that one of the main recommendations doctors and oncologists should give breast cancer patients is to reduce glucose levels.

Doctors should measure glucose on a regular basis if you have any form of cancer. Even if you’re going through chemo or radiation or surgery, wouldn’t you agree that it’s important to at least reduce your glucose consumption?

Study #3: High Glucose Levels Promote The Proliferation of Breast Cancer

Here’s a third study… High glucose levels promote the proliferation of breast cancer cells through GTPases

Abstract

Hyperglycemia or diabetes mellitus (DM), which is characterized by high blood glucose levels, has been linked to an increased risk of cancer for years. However, the underlying molecular mechanisms of the pathophysiological link are not yet fully understood. In this study, we demonstrate that high glucose levels promote the proliferation of breast cancer cells by stimulating epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) activation…

They admit that “high blood glucose levels have been linked to an increased risk of cancer for years.” If you or someone in your family currently has cancer, eliminate the sugar! It’s that simple.

Yes, there will be some withdrawals because it tastes great! It’s not necessarily easy to reduce or eliminate sugar but there are some ways you can reduce its absorption if you do decide to consume it occasionally. There are things we can do to reduce your cravings and lower your glucose levels.

We can even improve your cholesterol levels in the process!

Study #4: Diabetes Promotes Breast Cancer Growth

Another article to show that what that doctor told Missy is wrong: Impact of diabetes on promoting the growth of breast cancer

This was published in Cancer Communications Journal in May of 2021. There is consistent research with data showing the connection between glucose levels and breast cancer.

Study #5: Sugar Consumption and Breast Cancer

Here’s an article Doc likes a lot: Diet and breast cancer: the possible connection with sugar consumption

The paper presents an epidemiological study of breast cancer mortality in relation to food consumption. It was found that younger and older women (possibly pre- and post-menopausal women) differ with respect to such correlations. In older women a strong correlation was found between breast cancer mortality and sugar consumption (correlation coefficient = 0.9), and a weaker correlation, possibly of marginal interest, with fat consumption (correlation coefficient = 0.7). In younger women the correlation with diet seems weak. A possible connecting link between sugar consumption and breast cancer is insulin. This is an absolute requirement for the proliferation of normal mammary tissue and experimental mammary tumours may regress in its absence. Insulin secretion occurs in response to blood glucose level and could be excessive if the regulatory mechanism is overtaxed by large sugar intake. The same mechanism might account for the increased risk of mammary cancer in diabetics.

Insulin is a growth hormone. Doc’s opinion: “We need to reduce our glucose intake…” when it comes to breast cancer. Staying away from sugar will help if we’re trying to avoid breast cancer or any other type of cancer.

Sugar, Skin, and Aging

If you look at aging itself, let’s look at skin cells. Did you know regeneration of the skin takes a certain amount of time? Let’s say the time is 24 hours. When you increase your sugar, that growth hormone speeds up the growth of all cells. That means the skin could replicate in 22 hours instead. The mature cells won’t be as good, and you’ll cause them to die faster.

What does that mean? It means we’ll age faster. It’s because growth happens faster and you get a less quality copy of a copy of your cells.

Women ask Doc how they can slow aging. Well, increasing sugar increases insulin, which increases aging. Ladies! Reduce your sugar! If there’s one way to get women to do things, it’s to talk about how to improve their skin and reduce aging and wrinkles.

It affects men the same way. In fact, it even increases their risk for breast cancer. One out of every one hundred diagnoses of breast cancer is in men! Sugar also sets men up for the proliferation of breast tissue.

Breast cancer is way more common in diabetics than in non-diabetics because of how sugar and insulin increase the growth of tissue.

Doc believes it’s important for both men and women to reduce their glucose consumption and especially if they have any form of cancer.

Gymnema for Reducing Sugar Consumption

So, what are some things we can do to reduce our sugar intake? Doc now shares one of his favorite herbs that can help in reducing blood sugar, cravings for sugar, and glucose absorption. It’s called Gymnema sylvestre.

Benefits of Gymnema

Gymnema: The “Destroyer of Sugar”

  • Stimulates the release of insulin
  • Blocks the absorption of glucose
  • Reduces the sweet taste of sugar
  • Promotes the regeneration of islet cells of the pancreas, especially the beta cells
  • Suppresses normal cravings for sugar

The way it works is that the gymnemic acid grabs onto those glucose receptors so that glucose can’t bind to them as well. That also helps block taste buds so that it doesn’t taste as sweet.

Gymnema doesn’t taste good, but it works well to reduce our blood sugar levels, serving as a weight-loss tool. You’ll have less glucose absorption, which leads to less adipose (fat) tissue.

Study #6: Gymnema and Insulin

Now you might have noticed the part about Gymnema stimulating the release of insulin. But insulin stimulates growth, right? Well, let’s look at a study:

Gymnema sylvestre stimulates insulin release in vitro by increased membrane permeability

Abstract

To determine whether extracts of Gymnema sylvestre may have therapeutic potential for the treatment of non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM)…

When you look at the article itself, Gymnema affects insulin release by rebuilding or regenerating beta cells in the pancreas.

Sometimes you’ll see low insulin on bloodwork, but it can be because the pancreas is so run down that it has difficulty releasing insulin. Gymnema can help the body regenerate cells in the pancreas. That’s the amazing thing about certain herbs; they provide building blocks for the body to regenerate tissues.

The regenerative aspect is important when it comes to things like type 1 diabetes, which involves the destruction of the pancreas. So, what if we can take some herbs to help the body regenerate?

That’s one reason why taking Gymnema is one of Doc’s favorite things to do: because the blood sugar and diabetes epidemic is at an all time high… With things going on in the world right now, there’s going to be an insulin shortage.

Now, don’t look at Gymnema as a replacement for insulin; look at it as a way to reduce sugar absorption, reduce cravings, and reduce the amount of glucose getting into our systems.

Learn more about Gymnema here.

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