Calorically restricted ketogenic diets may provide an alternative therapy to brain cancer. - GreenMedInfo Summary
Targeting energy metabolism in brain cancer with calorically restricted ketogenic diets.
Epilepsia. 2008 Nov;49 Suppl 8:114-6. PMID: 19049606
Information is presented on the calorically restricted ketogenic diet (CRKD) as an alternative therapy for brain cancer. In contrast to normal neurons and glia, which evolved to metabolize ketone bodies as an alternative fuel to glucose under energy-restricted conditions, brain tumor cells are largely glycolytic due to mitochondrial defects and have a reduced ability to metabolize ketone bodies. The CRKD is effective in managing brain tumor growth in animal models and in patients, and appears to act through antiangiogenic, anti-inflammatory, and proapoptotic mechanisms.