Your diet, medication, exercise and Colon Cancer
Bronx County looks forward to implementing health initiatives to assist residents in lowering their BMI levels from 29.1% of adults who are obese (Body Mass Index >30) in 2009 to 15% by 2013, increase county wide activities for adults to engage in some type of leisure time physical activity from 69.2% 2009 to 80% by 2013 and for 33% of adults to include 5 or more fruits or vegetables per day in their diets by providing more affordable means to obtain quality produce like farmers markets and cooperatives from 6.3% in 2009. Bronx County also has goals and indicators in place for their residents in tracking public health priority areas such as Colorectal Cancer Prevention for 2013. They predict that 100% of adults will have health care coverage as oppose to the 83.3% in 2009, 96% of adults will have a regular health care provider as oppose to the 81.6% in 2009, 83% of adults will have seen a dentist in the past year and that there will be early stage cancer diagnosis for Colorectal of 50% of adults as oppose to the 42% in 2003-2007. So be proactive with cancer prevention and healthier lifestyle changes in diet and exercise to prevent cancer for yourself and your family members.
Selenium Boosts Your Immune System Against Cancer
Selenium is a trace mineral found in the soil where plants are grown and animals are raised according to the National Institutes of Health. It controls the immune system and free radicals in the body. The U.S. Department of Agriculture was one of the participants in the study, “Selenium from High Selenium Broccoli Protects Rats from Colon Cancer” by John W. Finley, Cindy D. Davis and Yi Feng, which suggests that “the mineral reduces the incidence of cancer when taken in higher doses than most diets supply”. This has prompted the production of high-selenium broccoli as the best source of the “anti-cancer agent” rather than increasing dietary supplements of selenium which “can be toxic when too much is ingested,” according to the Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center in North Dakota. The report also states that garlic is a good source. To read more from the U.S. Department of Agriculture report “Colon Cancer Curbed by High-Selenium Broccoli” click on link.
Selenium is found in meat like beef, chicken, turkey and seafood. Though this essential mineral is necessary for optimum health, only a small amount of selenium is needed; 70 micrograms for men and 55 mcg for women. Be aware that most food labels do not list the selenium amount. Some foods containing selenium are Fruits: bananas, coconut, dates, and watermelon, Vegetables: asparagus, brussels sprouts, lima beans, mushrooms, peas, Grains: barley, buckwheat, rye and wheat, Nuts: brazil nuts, cashews, Meat: beef, chicken, duck, lamb, pork, turkey, veal, Seafood: anchovies, cod, herring, pollock, salmon, sardines and tuna, Dairy Products: Cheddar Cheese Protein: Soy Beans, Read more here.
Aspirin and Colorectal Cancer
According to a new long-term study by experts of the American Cancer Society, “daily use of low-dose aspirin can lower the risk of developing colon cancer and the risk of dying from it”. Eric Jacobs, PhD, strategic director of epidemiology at the American Cancer Society goes on to state that they are not recommending “taking aspirin as a colon cancer prevention measure” however “lower doses of aspirin typically taken for heart disease prevention are adequate to reduce risk not only of colorectal polyps, but also of colorectal cancer,” he adds. While screening remains the first line of defense against colorectal cancer, Jacobs says “it is still very important to get screened for colorectal cancer so that colorectal polyps can be detected and removed before they ever turn into cancer”. Read more about aspirin treatment for colon cancer on WebMD.
Exercise Daily to Prevent Colon Cancer
Colorectal cancer has been one of the most extensively studied cancers in relation to physical activity, according to the National Cancer Institute. Their studies indicate that “adults who increase their physical activity, either in intensity, duration, or frequency, can reduce their risk of developing colon cancer by 30 to 40 percent”. An inactive or sedentary lifestyle regardless of weight makes the bowels sluggish due to lack of movement. Exercising often ensures that waste from the foods that you eat do not remain in the colon and moves through the body on a regular basis. As per the NCI, by increasing your physical activity to consist of “30minutes to 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per day is needed to protect against colon cancer”. Exercise affects colorectal cancer “tumor development through its role in energy balance, hormone metabolism, insulin regulation, and by decreasing the time the colon is exposed to potential carcinogens”. So increase your physical activity by taking the stairs instead of riding the elevator at work, take a brisk walk at lunch time, or getting off the bus or train one stop before your destination and walk the rest of the way. For more walking ideas read “10,000 Steps A Day Challenge”. All these simple changes can build up to significantly reduce your chances of being affected by colorectal cancer.
Be sure to amend your diet to prevent colorectal cancer and choose foods that are high in fiber, calcium and low fat. Be sure to include plenty of exercise daily Read about more ways to prevent cancer here.
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