A study conducted at the Nature Works Best alternative cancer clinic in Tempe, Arizona, demonstrated a significant difference in remission rates between cancer patients who consumed sugar and those who did not.
Over the course of seven years, 158 people being treated there were directed to steer clear of sugar in any form, including honey, corn syrup, fruit juice, alcohol, high fructose corn syrup, maple syrup and plant nectar. Ultimately, 90 percent of those restricted patients entered remission before the end of the study. The alternative clinic doesn't use chemotherapy or radiation to treat cancer, but rather a food plan coupled with an intravenous nutrient infusion. Participants who used that same treatment yet didn't restrict sugar consumption only had a 36 percent rate of remission.
Previous studies regarding the harmful effects of sugar on cancer development were done on mice or a test pool of less than 20 people, according to Nature Works Best founder and medical director Dr. Colleen Huber. Sugar can negatively impact health by potentially leading to diabetes and obesity, as well. The National Institutes of Health reported that almost 11 million Americans over the age of 64 have diabetes, diagnosed and undiagnosed. About 95 percent of those cases are type 2. Being overweight or obese increases the chance of developing type 2 diabetes.
According to the American Diabetes Association, research has drawn a connection between sugary drinks and type 2 diabetes. Scientists have found that since sugar is high in calories, it contributes to weight gain, effectively increasing someone's risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Seniors who are at risk for developing diabetes can cut back on consumption in a few different ways. If they are in an assisted living center, a custom meal plan can likely be created that limits intake of sweets. As outlined on WebMD, some ways to fight the craving for sugar is to chew sugar free gum, mixing fruit and nuts into chocolate treats, and limiting sugary snacks to 150-calorie servings.