By Mia De Graaf Health Editor For Dailymail.com
Published: 16:10 BST, 13 August 2019 | Updated: 16:10 BST, 13 August 2019
The high-fat, low-carb keto diet espoused by celebrities may help slow the growth of certain cancers, according to new research.
The diet proved effective at controlling tumors in mice suffering from a specific type of lung or esophageal cancer called squamous cell carcinoma.
Coupled with a diabetes drug and chemotherapy, and the effects were even more potent.
Testing their theory in blood samples from humans, the researchers at the University of Texas found squamous cell carcinoma was more susceptible to the diet's glucose-crushing effects than other types of cancer.
The researchers say the findings suggest we could reach a point where doctors of patients with this type of cancer can recommend specific dietary tweaks - on top of conventional medicine - to curtail the slow-growing cancer.
A ketogenic diet is high in fats, and low in carbs and sugar
'Manipulating host glucose levels would be a new strategy that is different from just trying to kill cancer cells directly,' Dr Jung-Whan 'Jay' Kim, corresponding author of the multinational study and an assistant professor of biological sciences at UT Dallas, said.
'I believe this is part of a paradigm shift from targeting cancer cells themselves. Immunotherapy is a good example of this, where the human immune system is