A novel clinical trial at the University of
Cincinnati is helping researchers study whether
a special ketogenic diet can boost the effectiveness of glioblastoma treatments.
But what does a low-carbohydrate diet have to do with fighting brain cancer?
Carbohydrates are used by the body as a source of energy.
But in their absence, the body can use molecules called ketone bodies instead.
When sugar isn’t abundant, ketones are produced by the liver from fatty acids, and released
into the bloodstream where they can be used as an alternative fuel.
Researchers at UC speculate that in cases involving glioblastoma, these ketones travel to the brain,.
where they enter the tumor cells and make them more sensitive to radiation
It’s like softening up the tumor’s defenses
with jabs and body blows before throwing
a haymaker for the knockout punch.
Positive results could have big outcomes for people battling this aggressive brain cancer.
This could be a TKO that transforms lives.