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Whole Grains & Exercise Lower Colorectal Cancer Risk, Possessed Meats & Excess Alcohol Increase the Risk

By jeremyc | September 10, 2017

According to latest research, there’s a strong link between your lifestyle and your risk of developing colorectal cancer.

The researchers have found that being physically active and eating whole grains reduces the risk of this cancer. At the same time, your risk of developing colorectal cancer increases if you eat red meat and processed meats, are obese, and drink excess alcohol.

It is estimated that 47% of cases of colorectal cancer in the U.S. can be prevented every year by making lifestyle changes.

Unlike refined grains, whole grains have the entire grain, that is, both the brain germ and endosperm. Whole wheat, oatmeal, barley, rye, brown rice, buckwheat, wild rice, bulgur, millet, triticale, sorghum, corn, popcorn, and quinoa are all examples of whole grains.

This research encourages eating more whole grains, as well as staying physical active, to reduce the risk of colorectal cancer.

Eating about 3 servings (equals to about 90 gm) of whole grains was found to lower colorectal cancer risk by 17 percent. The researchers also noted that physically active people had a lower risk of colon cancer, compared to those leading a sedentary lifestyle.

The researchers also found that regular consumption of bacon, hot dogs, and other kinds of processed meats puts you at greater risk of colorectal cancer. The cancer risk also increases when you drink 2 or more alcoholic drinks daily or if you are obese.

 

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