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New Year’s Resolution: Improve Colon Health, Prevent Colon Cancer

Rachel Morrell

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Make Colon Cancer Prevention a Priority in 2018

Colon cancer is the third-leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, and contrary to what most people think, it is not just older people who are affected. People of all ages are diagnosed with colon cancer each year, and the incidence of young-onset colon cancer continues to increase. Colon cancer often has no warning signs or symptoms in the early stages, and most people of average risk are not eligible for insurance coverage for a colonoscopy until they are 50 years of age.

However, there is good news! We are not powerless against colon cancer. There are steps we can take to improve our future by creating healthy habits during the new year and leaving our unwise choices behind.

How to Prevent Colon Cancer with Lifestyle Changes

Since the new year provides the perfect opportunity for a fresh start, consider making a few lifestyle changes to promote intestinal health and help prevent colon cancer:

  • Eat a diet centered on fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins
  • Get at least 25 grams of fiber per day (men should have at least 38 grams of fiber)
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Exercise regularly
  • Limit red meat and high-fat foods
  • Avoid smoking and limit alcohol
  • Visit your primary care physician regularly

In addition to supporting intestinal health, making these colon-friendly choices benefits overall health by lowering cholesterol, maintaining blood pressure and balancing glucose levels.  

It is not too late to set some goals for 2018. Consider making good colon health one of your goals, and spend the upcoming year creating habits that you will feel good about continuing.

Visit the Colon-Healthy Recipes section of our blog to discover recipes that are nutritious and palate-pleasing. Follow our Butt Seriously Blog, look for our monthly meal plans and read the latest news and tips. Begin your journey toward intestinal health today.

Happy 2018!

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