The body can not live without glucose. Blood sugar is part of what feeds the tissues in our body. The problem is that cancer cells also use it to spread. Now scientists believe they have found a way to eliminate the offer.
And with mango sugar, a natural supplement who tried slow down which are expanding various types of cancer in mice and improved the effects of chemotherapy treatment, according to a study by Cancer Research UK and Cancer Reasearch Worldwide, published this week in the scientific journal the nature.
Although the results are in mice, study scientists hope that they will be applicable to human patients, but they need to do more tests, BBC journalist Alex Therrien said.
For the experiment, the research team administered mannose, a type of sugar that It is found in fruits such as blueberries, in mice with pancreatic cancer, lung and skin and found that tumor growth slowed down without causing side effects.
It is believed that mannose, easily accessible and sometimes used to treat urinary tract infections, prevents tumors from using glucose to increase, although the experts who led the study warn that no one should take manose, believing that it will be cured because it still needs to do more tests.
More affective treatment
Manoza has proven not only to prevent the growth of certain types of cancer but has improved the results of treatments.
In mice treated with two of the most commonly used chemotherapy drugs, cisplatin and doxorubicin, the researchers found that Manose treatment increased the effects of chemotherapy, the decrease in tumor growth rate and its size, wrote the BBC health expert.
For other types of cancer, such as leukemia, osteosarcoma (bone cancer), ovarian cancer and intestine, some cells respond well to mannose, and others do not. Their response seems to depend on the levels these cells have on an enzyme that breaks down this sugar.
The lead author, Professor Kevin Ryan of the Beatson Institute of Cancer Research UK, told Alex Therrien of the BBC that his team found a dose of mannose that "may block glucose enough to slow tumor growth in mice, but not enough to prevent the growth of normal tissues. "
The bodies require glucose for energy, but cancerous tumors also use it to combine their growth.
"This is an initial investigation, but it is hoped that finding this perfect balance means that in the future, mannose can be given to cancer patients to improve chemotherapy without affecting their overall healthhe added, recalling the warning that no one should supply this natural supplement without consulting the doctor.
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