If it’s sugar that causes insulin resistance, they say, then the
conclusion is hard to avoid that sugar causes cancer — some
cancers, at least — radical as this may seem and despite the fact
that this suggestion has rarely if ever been voiced before
publicly. For just this reason, neither of these men will eat
sugar or high-fructose corn syrup, if they can avoid it.
“I have eliminated refined sugar from my diet and eat as little
as I possibly can,” Thompson told me, “because I believe
ultimately it’s something I can do to decrease my risk of
cancer.” Cantley put it this way: “Sugar scares me.”
It’s not often that a magazine article inspires me to change my life. This is one.