Because survivors are more at risk for just about everything, thanks to chemotherapy and radiation, I've tried to tweak my lifestyle to fit my survivor status. One thing I've learned is that it's important to focus on diet just as much as exercise and mental well-being. Eating a healthy diet doesn't just have to do with what you take out; monitoring what you put in is also important. Sugar intake, in particular, seems crucial, because tumors love sugar. As you can read or watch in the link below (from 60 Minutes on CBS), many tumors, including those found in breast and colon cancers, have insulin (sugar) receptors on their surface. Adding excess sugar to your diet, whether through candy, cookies, dessert, or other sources, can feed growing tumors. High fructose corn syrup, found in literally every processed food (just look at the labels in your cupboard!), is also a culprit.
It's hard, sometimes, to be so conscious about sugar intake in a sugar-loving country. I love sweets as much as the next person, don't get me wrong. But this research is something that stays in the back of my mind, reminding me to perhaps not add that sugar to my coffee today.