When our bodies convert food into energy, they produce a by-product called methylmalonic acid, or MMA, that promotes metastasis, the process by which cancer cells spread through our bodies. MMA builds up as we age, and is linked to a diet high in protein, from foods such as meat, eggs, grain, cheese, and pulses (above). Photo: ShutterstockWhen our bodies convert food into energy, they produce a by-product called methylmalonic acid, or MMA, that promotes metastasis, the process by which cancer cells spread through our bodies. MMA builds up as we age, and is linked to a diet high in protein, from foods such as meat, eggs, grain, cheese, and pulses (above). Photo: Shutterstock
When our bodies convert food into energy, they produce a by-product called methylmalonic acid, or MMA, that promotes metastasis, the process by which cancer cells spread through our bodies. MMA builds up as we age, and is linked to a diet high in protein, from foods such as meat, eggs, grain, cheese, and pulses (above). Photo: Shutterstock

How MMA – no, not that one – adds to cancer risk in older people

  • Methylmalonic acid, or MMA, is a by-product of our bodies converting food into energy, and builds up as we get older. It promotes a process called metastasis
  • This process is the main reason people die of cancer. Scientists don’t know why MMA accumulates, but they link it to a high-protein diet

Topic |   Wellness
When our bodies convert food into energy, they produce a by-product called methylmalonic acid, or MMA, that promotes metastasis, the process by which cancer cells spread through our bodies. MMA builds up as we age, and is linked to a diet high in protein, from foods such as meat, eggs, grain, cheese, and pulses (above). Photo: ShutterstockWhen our bodies convert food into energy, they produce a by-product called methylmalonic acid, or MMA, that promotes metastasis, the process by which cancer cells spread through our bodies. MMA builds up as we age, and is linked to a diet high in protein, from foods such as meat, eggs, grain, cheese, and pulses (above). Photo: Shutterstock
When our bodies convert food into energy, they produce a by-product called methylmalonic acid, or MMA, that promotes metastasis, the process by which cancer cells spread through our bodies. MMA builds up as we age, and is linked to a diet high in protein, from foods such as meat, eggs, grain, cheese, and pulses (above). Photo: Shutterstock
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