Ketogenic diet

A month or so ago someone from the States read my blog and told me about a diet her husband was on - the Ketogenic Diet - which consists of almost zero carbohydrates, but lots of natural proteins and fats.

The Ketogenic Diet
All cells, including cancer cells, are fueled by glucose. But if you deprive them of glucose, they switch to the alternate fuel, ketone bodies.  Except cancer cells. A defect prevents them from making the switch to using ketone bodies as fuel and therefore, cancer cells can only survive on glucose. All other cells can use either glucose or ketone bodies.
However, her blog did highlight how difficult it is to eat out and stick to the zero carb diet.  It's an all or nothing diet, there's no half way.  Intrigued by the possibility that this diet might help fight Matt's brain tumour, we mentioned it to the Prof and Claire.  They weren't convinced that it was the best thing to do for Matt given his type of tumour and his love of food.  Matt's pasta and pesto lunches are safe for now!

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