Prevent Colon Cancer With These Easy Diet Tips
In the United States alone, about 100,000 people are affected by colon cancer yearly. Eating a healthy diet is a main factor in preventing colon cancer. Our colonoscopy Los Angeles specialist knows the best diets to prevent colon cancer.
Some risk factors like genetics and age can’t be changed, but diets can. To help you lower your risk of colorectal cancer, here is a list of foods you should either avoid or start including in your diet.
Avoid Red And Processed Meat
Due to the high amount of saturated fat in red and processed meats (such as hot dogs, sausage, and bacon), limiting these meats in your diet can prevent colon cancer. Eating more than 3.5 ounces of red meat per day increases your risk of colon cancer by 14 percent.
Avoid Saturated Fats
Substitute saturated or trans fats with healthy fats. Consuming omega-3 fatty acids daily may prevent the risk of colon cancer by 12 percent. Some of the best omega-3 foods include walnuts, olive and canola oil, and wild salmon.
Eat More Fruits And Vegetables
Eating fruits and vegetables — rich in antioxidants and nutrients — reduces the risk of colon cancer by 25 percent. The more variety of colors your plate has, the better combination of antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins your diet will have.
Limit Alcohol Consumption
Alcohol irritates and damages your digestive tract and liver cells. Alcohol has no nutritional value and contains empty calories. The average beer contains about 350 calories and the average wine glass contains about 145 calories.
Include or avoid these foods in your daily diets to prevent colon cancer. If you have serious concerns about your colorectal cancer risk factors, consider scheduling a colonoscopy.
About Colonoscopy Los Angeles
Dr. Peyton Berookim is a colonoscopy Los Angeles specialist who prioritizes providing excellent patient care. Dr. Berookim is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and American Board of Gastroenterology. For more information about Dr. Berookim, visit his website at colonoscopy-losangeles.com or call him at (310)271–1122.