Your Gut Health and Colon Cancer RisksColon cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosis and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S. What’s really worrisome is the steep rise in younger colon cancer patients under age 50. In fact, the number of colon cancer patients under age 55 has nearly doubled to 20 percent over the past decade and more people have died from it, according to recent numbers compiled by the Yale School of Medicine. Many factors associated with colon cancer — from a diet full of processed foods to a sedentary lifestyle — can exert a lot of influence on your microbiome in ways that could make it easier for precancerous polyps to grow in your colon, according to a new study appearing in Cell Host & Microbe.
How Polyps Develop In Your ColonResearchers at Harvard Medical School believe poor diets and sedentary lifestyles (plus tobacco and alcohol use) promote the growth of polyps via your gut in two ways:
- The diversity of your microbiome changes in ways that stimulate polyp growth due to external lifestyle factors.
- Lifestyle factors promote polyp growth directly which influences the microbiome by affecting the cells lining your gut.
Follow This Checklist To Lower Your Colon Cancer Risks!
- Clean up your diet by eating more nutrient-dense whole foods full of fiber and natural sugars.
- Take antibiotics only when you absolutely need them and as prescribed by your doctor.
- Get off the couch and carve out a few minutes each day for exercise.
- Protect the healthy balance of bacteria in your gut — the center of your immune system — by taking a probiotic formulated with multiple strains of beneficial bacteria and a proven prebiotic like EndoMune Advanced Probiotic.