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Why Cancer Needs To Be Treated as a Metabolic Disease

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

cancer as a metabolic disease

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  • The metabolic theory of cancer postulates that cancer is primarily the result of defective energy metabolism in and damage to the cells’ mitochondria
  • Genetic mutations are not the primary cause of cancer but are rather a downstream effect of the defective energy metabolism; as long as your mitochondria remain healthy and functional, your chances of developing cancer are very slim
  • Normal mitochondria suppress cancer growth, and in order for cancer cells to proliferate, you must have dysfunctional mitochondria
  • Cancer growth and progression can be managed following a whole-body transition from fermentable metabolites, such as glucose and glutamine, to respiratory metabolites, primarily ketone bodies that are formed when you follow a ketogenic diet
  • Ketogenic diets promote healthy mitochondrial function and respiration, reduce tumor vascularity and inflammation, and enhance tumor cell death

In the featured podcast, Dr. Peter Attia interviews professor Thomas Seyfried, Ph.D., recipient of our Game Changer Award in 2016 for his work on cancer as a metabolic disease, which is also the title of Seyfried's book on this topic. His work is also heavily featured in Travis Christofferson's excellent book, "Tripping Over the Truth: The Metabolic Theory of Cancer."

The actual podcast can be heard on Dr. Attia's site


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