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Forum Name: Miscellaneous Cancer Topics

Question: Post cancer pt w/extreme weight loss-no chemo or diet


 phangirl - Fri Sep 18, 2009 2:30 pm

My 36 y/o sister had a complete hysterectomy 15 months ago. Luckily they removed all the cancer and she did not need chemotherapy. She has not been to the doctor in a year and has lost about 50 lbs (weighed 225 and is now at 176). She is diabetic, was on insulin, and never exercised. The only thing I see her eat is peanut butter. Recently she complained of pain in the abdomen but refuses to get medical help because she does not have insurance and is scared. Could she be in real trouble?
 Dr.M.Aroon kamath - Thu Nov 05, 2009 9:19 am

User avatar Hi,
Normally one's diet should include all the major nutrients (carbohydrates, proteins,fats and water).
One can't live a healthy life on protein and fats alone(without carbohydrates) - although gluconeogenesis can occur via fat, accelerated body protein breakdown does happen(as fats do not have a marked protein-sparing effect that carbohydrates possess).
Only the Inuits(known in the past as Eskimos) perhaps had adapted to a
carbohydrate- free diet over many centuries of evolution.

Therefore, living on only peanut butter,in all likelihood, may be detrimental to health.
Possibility of muscle wasting is real.
Best wishes!

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