Diet and exercise to maintain a healthy weight can reduce the risk of developing colon cancer. But not all diets are created equal, and experts at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center have being working to distinguish between the good and the bad. They say that although general weight loss does help reduce the risk of cancer, diets must focus on long-term health and wellness and provide nutrients from all food groups in order for a body to be able to fight off disease.
The Mediterranean diet meets many of the guidelines for diets that prevent cancer and heart disease, such as:
The Whole-Body Approach has somewhat similar guidelines to the Mediterranean diet, but also emphasizes the importance of eating six to seven small meals per day. Like other diets that contribute to long-term weight maintenance and cancer prevention, this diet encourages:
The bad list features popular diets such as gluten-free and carbohydrate-free solutions. These options rob you of energy and important nutrients such as fiber, vitamins and minerals that your body needs in order to fight off any disease.
Diets that completely cut out one food group or item, known as crash diets, can also be hard to maintain over a long period of time and are usually more of a short-term solution.
The most important thing to remember when it comes to any diet is that moderation is the key to success. Choose a diet that can be maintained long-term and provides you with plenty of nutrients. Combine that with regular exercise to see lifelong results and lower your chances of getting colon cancer.posted on February 14, 2011 in news