Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Colon Health: Low Fat High Fiber

Colorectal cancer is the second most common cause of death from cancer in the United States. Colorectal cancer is 90% curable when caught early, but only 8% curable when detected late. Colon cancer kills more than 56,000 people each year effecting both men and women. The early stages of colorectal cancer are often hidden without showing symptoms. When detected early enough, you are increasing your chances of survival by 90%.

Studies indicate a link between high fat intake and colorectal cancer. Large amounts of lithocholic acid- a toxic by-product of dietary fat show the body's inability to handle excessive amounts of this acid. Lithocholic acid is produced when the body processes cholesterol. A high fat diet keeps the stool longer inside the colon, slowing peristalsis and sluggishly moving the stool along.

A high fiber diet provides bulk and allows the passage of stool quickly through the colon leaving behind less residue and a cleaner colon wall. Adding vegetables, fruit and high fiber cereals and breads to your diet will provide the fiber you need. Additionally, there are fiber dietary substitutes available in the form of powders and pills. Adding fiber to your diet is a simple and easy way of taking control of your health.

Good health,
Trisha M. Pacenti RN,BSN