We talk a lot about digestion and a healthy diet around here, and one of the key aspects to a good diet is one high in fiber, vitamins, and the right kinds of fats. There’s one simple food that can help you find all these features: tree nuts, which include cashews, hazelnuts, walnuts, almonds, and pecans. Sometimes nuts get a bad rap because they’re high in calories, but a new study shows that when eaten in moderation, they actually might help in an unexpected way—in the battle against colon cancer.
What Do Tree Nuts Have To Do With Colon Cancer?
A recently published study conducted by The National Cancer Institute, The National Institutes of Health, and Pfizer Inc. followed a group of 826 colon cancer patients who all had stage three colon cancer. The study, which was originally designed to track how particular drugs attacked the disease, also included a health and diet questionnaire. A common theme amongst those who survived as well as those with no recurrence of the disease presented some interesting evidence—two ounces of tree nuts a day could reduce the risk of colon cancer recurrence by 42% as well as also reducing the rate of death from the disease by 57%. The study wasn’t done specifically to find that connection, rather it was discovered as a side benefit once the participants diets were analyzed. Further studies will need to be conducted to determine the precise relationship between tree nuts and colon cancer, but the evidence is certainly interesting and worth considering.
Can A Simple Diet Change Make That Much Of A Difference?
Doctors and patients alike would both love to find one simple solution to preventing and treating colon cancer, which is one of the most common cancers found in both men and women. The fight against colon cancer should come from all angles, in cooperation with your doctor. The most important diagnostic tools to finding and treating colon cancer are regular colonoscopies and well visits with Dr. Islam. For typical patients, colonoscopies should begin at age 50, and sometimes earlier in patients with a family history. You should work toward a balanced diet and exercise routine to maintain a healthy weight, stop smoking, and limit alcohol consumption.
If you are turning 50 soon, or have signs or family history of the disease, it’s important to start paying close attention to your medical needs and schedule an exam with Dr. Islam. We can help you throughout the exam process, as well as diagnosis and treatment should you show signs of the disease.