For more detailed information about nutrition and FMD for cancer prevention, see Chapter 7 in Valter Longo’s book The Longevity Diet (New York: Avery/Penguin Books, 2018).
Our clinical trials looking into Fasting-Mimicking Diet (FMD) and cancer prevention and treatment are ongoing. But if early results are any indication, it could be a powerful new weapon in the arsenal we have to fight, and one day defeat, cancer.
Although the Longevity Diet can be generally applied for cancer prevention, it has the potential to be especially beneficial for people with certain genetic mutations—such as the BRCA genes—which put them at a greatly increased risk of cancer. Prophylactic mastectomies and other surgical procedures can reduce the incidence of genetically induced cancers, but nutrition and FMD may also help. Dietary interventions additionally have the potential to reduce the chance of recurrence in previously diagnosed patients whose cancer is in remission. However, patients should not attempt to replace prophylactic mastectomies with nutritional interventions whose efficacy remains to be established.