Diet has a lot to do with the health of our bodies’, including the health of our colons. The colon is an incredibly important part of our digestive systems and is susceptible to diseases like colon cancer.
Research has shown that there is a high correlation between obesity and having a higher risk of colon cancer. This research shows us that diet and other lifestyle choices play an important role in protecting ourselves from colon cancer, and other diseases of the colon.
But how does diet affect risks of colon cancer? The National Cancer Institute has found that the connection between obesity and colon cancer risk can be due to several different factors. One of these factors may be increased levels of insulin in the blood among obese individuals. Another is an increase in insulin related condition like insulin resistance, which can lead to the development of certain tumors, including those in the colon.
The American Cancer Society also reports that the connection between diet, exercise, weight and colon cancer are of the strongest of any type of cancer. This link is so strong that according to the Colon Cancer Foundation, approximately 50-75 percent of colorectal cancer could be prevented by lifestyle changes such as healthier diets.
So what type of diet should people wanting to prevent obesity related disease maintain? Many health professionals argue over which diet is best. The best rules to follow are the ones told to us by our mothers: eat your vegetables, fresh food is the best food, and hold off on the sugars. Wholesome diets, rich in nutrients and minerals and low in highly processed sugars keep our bodies healthy!
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