Cancer occurs when cells begin to grow out of control, possibly spreading out and invading other parts of the body. Causes can range from tobacco use, alcohol, infections which change cellular genes, to ionizing radiation and inherited genetic defects. It is one of the leading causes of death in developed countries.
Remember autophagy? The waste removal process suppresses tumors, helping prevent cancer, and also helping to keep existing cancer in check. In a study, 66.7 percent of a population of tumor-afflicted rats went on to survive while on a calorie-restricted dietary regimen, while only 20.8 percent of those eating an unrestricted diet survived.
Intermittent fasting may also work to prevent normal cells from being damaged by chemotherapy. In another study, chemotherapy patients reported a reduction in weakness, fatigue, and gastrointestinal side effects while fasting.
If you suffer from cancer, you should always consult your doctor before making any dietary changes, especially one that involves fasting. The future, however, looks hopeful, as more research is conducted into fasting’s effects on tumor growth and chemotherapy protection.