A link between type 2 diabetes and bowel cancer in men has been revealed with results from the Fremantle Diabetes Study being presented recently in Perth. The study involved around 1300 people with type 2 diabetes with participants being followed up for around 11 years.
The study found a two-fold risk in bowel cancer among men with type 2 diabetes. It is thought that contributing factors may be poor diets, lack of exercise, ageing and being overweight. While this is a huge concern and I hadn’t been aware of a link before this, the good news is that now that this knowledge is out there, we can now focus on doing something about it.
A visit to the Bowel Cancer Australia website reveals that the risk of bowel cancer can be lowered by eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly. It is also important to have the appropriate screening tests done so it might be wise to discuss this with your doctor.
Healthy lifestyle recommendations to prevent bowel cancer
- Eat plenty of fruit, vegetables and fibre. Most of us are only eating half the recommended two serves of fruit and five serves of veggies a day.
- Avoid processed meats and reduce lean red meat intake to 500grams per week.
- Exercise regularly building up to at least 30-60 minutes most days of the week.
- Have your vitamin D level checked as it is thought that higher levels of vitamin D may be protective
- If overweight, look at slowly reducing your weight by making some small changes that you can maintain for life.
If by now your eyes are glazing over at the thought of being told yet again to exercise more and eat a healthy diet, hang in there! I am hoping to do at least one post per week on how we can learn the skills to create those healthy habits.
In the meantime, is there one small change that you can make this week that will move you closer to being healthier?
Let me know in the comments section below. I’d love to hear from you!