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Modify diet to help control colon polyps

Posted by: admin at 12:00 am on May 19th, 2016


Modify diet to help control colon polyps
By Phylis Canion


I recently had a visit with my doctor because test results showed I had colon polyps. He suggested visiting with a nutritionist, explaining how changing my diet could help. Can you please explain what foods can affect the development of polyps? And, are there foods that are beneficial?

A polyp is extra tissue that develops inside the large intestine. According to Dr. Andrew Weil, most polyps are non-cancerous. However, some can develop into cancer.

Dr. Weil states there are several factors that increases one's risk for developing colon polyps: being over the age of fifty, tobacco use, alcohol use, sedentary lifestyle, obesity and a diet high in fatty acids. The link between inflammatory bowel disease and colorectal cancers has been known for nearly one hundred years, and researchers have recently focused on better understanding the role of intestinal inflammation on polyp development, according to Dr. Rutter Dyson, author of "Colorectal Cancer in Inflammatory Bowel Disease."

Eating foods known to promote inflammation may increase a person's risk of developing colon polyps, a new study finds. This new study, which was recently presented to the American Association for Cancer Research by Dr. Robert Bostick, professor of epidemiology at Emery University, states, "Inflammation is very consistently associated with a person's risk of colon cancer." According to Dr. Bostick, polyps are common precursors to colon cancer and are associated with inflammatory foods.

The study revealed that compared with people whose diets contained the lowest amounts of pro-inflammatory foods, people whose diets contained the highest amounts of pro-inflammatory foods (i. e. processed and red meats) were 56 percent more likely to have one of these polyps, also called adenoma. The ten worst inflammatory substances are trans fats, fired foods, sugar, white bread, cheeseburgers, alcohol, milk, monosodium glutamate (MSG), gluten and an imbalance of fatty acids. According to U.S. News, the average American gets more omega-6 fatty acids than omega-3 and -9, which can lead to inflammation.

Anti-inflammatory foods include dark, leafy green vegetables; nuts; sweet peppers; beets; ginger; turmeric; garlic; onions; olive oil; berries; and tart cherries. Be leery of cures for polyps listed on the internet that include herbs as they may interfere with medications you are taking. Changing your diet to prevent polyps is recommended.

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: Hurt me with the truth, but never comfort me with a lie.

Phylis B. Canion is a doctor of naturopathic medicine and is a certified nutritional consultant; email her at docphylis@gmail.com. This column is for nutritional information only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure.