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High-Protein, Low-Carbohydrate Diets Reduce Prime Fuel in Colon Cells

High-protein, low-carb diets reduce the production of prime fuel needed for healthy colon cells.

Butyrate is a prime fuel for colon cells. Recent research shows that high protein-low carbohydrate weight loss diets substantially reduce bacterial populations that produce butyrate. In this study, butyrate production in the colon dropped by more than 75% in people on these diets. The end result is that low carb diets can lead to poor colon health and a greater risk of colon cancer. 

PositiveTip: Unrefined carbohydrates in whole grains, fruits, and vegetables provide the major nutrients your body needs, aid in weight loss, and promote colon health.

Germs Can Cause Colon Cancer

It is estimated that 15% of all cancers are caused by infectious organisms. The HPV virus causes cancers of the cervix, anus, and the head and neck. Hepatitis B and C viruses can cause cancer of the liver and the bacteria Helicobacter pylori can cause cancer of the stomach. 

Recently, it was discovered that there is a relationship between the bacteria fusobacterium nucleatum and cancer of the colon and rectum. F. nucleatum is a germ that invades human tissue and promotes an inflammatory response. It grows in an environment that doesn’t require oxygen for survival. 

In humans F. nucleatum is most commonly found in the mouth where it causes infections of the gums. This germ can also cause infections around the heart and has been identified as the offending organism in some cases of acute appendicitis. Up to now F. nucleatum has never been linked with cancer. 

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Physical Inactivity and Risk of Serious Disease

Physical inactivity is high stakes game.

After analysing the lifestyle habit data in several large studies, researchers have found that those who were physically inactive doubled their risk of ischemic heart disease, experienced 72% increased risk of ischemic stroke, a 52% higher risk of breast cancer, and an 80% increase in colon cancer risk.

PositiveTip: Exercise is a great way to reduce your risk of illness and disease. Start a physical activity program today! It will reduce your risks and give you a brighter outlook. 

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Beans : The More You Eat, the Less You Risk!

Did you know that eating more cooked dry beans can lower your risk of colon cancer?

The Polyp Prevention Trial (PPT) compared people eating the most cooked dry beans (legumes) to people eating the least. Those eating the most beans showed 65% lower recurrence of colon adenomas (tumors).

Each person in the PPT had to have had at least one adenomatous polyp removed during a colonoscopy to be eligible for the study. The average follow-up time was three years. Those in the highest consumption group ate 3.7 times more beans than those in the lowest group.

PositiveTip: Try to include at least 3-4 servings of cooked dry legumes in your weekly diet. Discover new ways to include more of these protective foods in your diet.