Multiple Myeloma an incurable disease, but I have spent the last 25 years in remission using a blend of conventional oncology and evidence-based nutrition, supplementation, and lifestyle therapies from peer-reviewed studies that your oncologist probably hasn't told you about.
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This post is about weight loss as a multiple myeloma therapy. Because a MM diagnosis is normally given by a board certified medical doctor who usually talks about multiple myeloma therapy as being only surgery, chemo and radiation, I need to clarify a few things.
When I was first diagnosed with multiple myeloma, I underwent surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. These therapies resulted in a variety of outcomes, some successes, some failures. Let me be clear- conventional therapies are central to managing multiple myeloma.
Because conventional oncology can’t cure multiple myeloma, I look to evidence-based non-conventional therapies.
My goal is to educate newly diagnosed multiple myeloma patients to think not only about surgery, chemo and radiation to manage your MM but to also think about evidence-based non-conventional, non-toxic MM therapy as well as conventional FDA approved therapies.
You may be overweight when you are first diagnosed with MM or you may gain weight while undergoing MM chemotherapy regimens such as dexamethasone. I certain did. I went from 210 at diagnosis to 240 post autologous stem cell transplant.
While this blog post cites the study linked and excerpted below indicating how alpha-lipoic acid supplementation combined with calorie reduction can result in significantly higher weight loss than with calorie restriction alone, it is important to point out that calorie restriction is not a multiple myeloma therapy.
Yes, being overweight has been shown to INCREASE the risk of MM. Increased BMI causes inflammation. Inflammation increases your risk of MM.
while relapse but calorie restriction has not. Further, I wrote another post recently citing a study that highlighted a specific probiotic supplement to also reduce weight. Again, as cancer therapy.
I take Life Extension Alpha Lipoic Acid 250mg as this ALA has been tested and approved by Consumerlab.com evaluation (must be a member to view) and numerous studies cite ALA for its healthy properties.
“One of the most effective therapies to prevent MM relapse is weight loss. Yes, proper nutrition, frequent, moderate exercise and nutritional supplementation can also reduce your risk of relapse. But if you are overweight or obese, weight loss is key…”
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“Objective: To evaluate the potential body weight-lowering effects of dietary supplementation with eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and α-lipoic acid separately or combined in healthy overweight/obese women following a hypocaloric diet…
Methods: This is a short-term double-blind placebo-controlled study with parallel design that lasted 10 weeks. Of the randomized participants, 97 women received the allocated treatment, α-lipoic acid (0.3 g/d), and EPA + α-lipoic acid (1.3 g/d + 0.3 g/d)], and 77 volunteers completed the study. All groups followed an energy-restricted diet of 30% less than total energy expenditure.
Body weight, anthropometric measurements, body composition, resting energy expenditure, blood pressure, serum glucose, and insulin and lipid profile, as well as leptin and ghrelin levels, were assessed at baseline and after nutritional intervention…
Results: Body weight loss was significantly higher (P < 0.05) in those groups supplemented with α-lipoic acid..
Conclusions: The intervention suggests that α-lipoic acid supplementation alone or in combination with EPA may help to promote body weight loss in healthy overweight/obese women following energy-restricted diets.”
Studies have found that certain strains of the Lactobacillus family can help you lose weight and belly fat.
In one study, eating yogurt with Lactobacillus fermentum or Lactobacillus amylovorus reduced body fat by 3–4% over a 6-week period (19).
Another study of 125 overweight dieters investigated the effects of Lactobacillus rhamnosussupplements on weight loss and weight maintenance (20Trusted Source).
During a 3-month study period, the women taking the probiotics lost 50% more weightcompared to the group taking a dummy pill (placebo). They also continued to lose weight during the weight maintenance phase of the study…”
“Inflammation and chronic stimulation of the immune system by lipids may trigger multiple myeloma in approximately one-third of all cases, according to early research from Yale Cancer Center published in The New England Journal of Medicine.1…
In principle, levels of lipids and inflammation could be altered by even simple measures like lifestyle changes. Obviously, one needs to prove that doing those sorts of lifestyle changes actually does have a favorable impact. This all needs to be studied, and we need to understand it better in the context of clinical studies. However, this study set us up for the next generation of studies…”