Cancer: The Carbohydrate Connection

We’ve known about this for a hundred years. Time to act.

In 1924, German medical doctor and scientist Otto Heinrich Warburg made a discovery that was to potentially revolutionise our understanding of cancer. His astonishing breakthrough, that was to later earn him a Nobel Prize in physiology, could have — should have — changed the course of cancer prevention and treatment. But it didn’t. It wasn’t about drugs.

When Warburg studied the way tumours use fuel as energy, he discovered that most cancer cells burn glucose to drive their growth and multiplication.

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