Cancer Cells Get Fat From HFCS Too

It looks like it’s not just our waistlines that are getting larger from consuming a ton of High Fructose Corn Syrup. A new study shows that pancreatic cancer cells find fructose much easier to metabolize than glucose, making it easier for the cancer cells to grow, divide and multiply.

Researchers at UCLA fed both fructose and glucose to pancreatic tumor cells to see if the cells would react similarly to the two sugars. However, their results, published in the journal Cancer Research, showed that the cancer “can readily metabolize fructose to increase proliferation.”

Write the researchers:

They have major significance for cancer patients given dietary refined fructose consumption, and indicate that efforts to reduce refined fructose intake or inhibit fructose-mediated actions may disrupt cancer growth.

Fructose Induces Transketolase Flux to Promote Pancreatic Cancer Growth [Abstract] [Cancer Research via MSNBC]

Thanks to Brian for the tip!