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Sugar and Cancer: What you need to know

Eating lots of sugar over time can cause you to gain weight and scientific evidence shows that being overweight increases the risk of 13 different types of cancer, most importantly - breast, colon, womb, kidney, pancreas & esophagus, says Kabir Rehmani, Senior Consultant, Surgical Oncology, Fortis Hospital, Noida. Read on to find out the indirect link between cancer risk and sugar

Glucose is the basic fuel that powers every single one of our cells, cancer is a disease of cells. Cancer cells usually grow quickly, multiplying at a fast rate, which takes a lot of energy. This means they need lots of glucose. Cancer cells also need lots of other nutrients too, such as amino acids and fats; it’s not just sugar they crave.