Try this two-second test for colon cancer risk

It won’t cost you a penny. And you don’t need to visit a doctor’s office.

But, believe it or not, you can figure out in just two seconds flat whether you’re at an increased risk for potentially deadly colon cancer.

All you have to do is look at your belly and do some simple maths.

UK researchers have found that if your belly circumference has increased by 10 centimetres — that’s less than 4 inches — over the past decade, you’re 60 per cent more likely to develop colon cancer.

And you can bet there are millions of people in that boat.

The research was just presented at the 23rd United European Gastroenterology Week 2015 in Barcelona, Spain, where researchers said they also found that every 5-point increase in your Body Mass Index (BMI) can increase your colon cancer risk by 18 per cent.

So what does being overweight have to do with colon cancer? In a word, everything.

You see, carrying around extra pounds can trigger chronic inflammation. And this inflammation can trigger a host of life-threatening diseases, from diabetes to heart disease to cancer.

Colon cancer is nothing to fool around with. It’s one of the most common types of cancer and it kills about 130 people every single day.

The good news is you can lower your risk of colon cancer by burning off that belly weight through exercise and better eating choices, like trying the Paleo Diet.

Research has shown that this so-called “caveman diet,” which focuses on fresh meats and vegetables our ancestors would have eaten, can help you lose weight and is rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that can help your body fight all sorts of illnesses.

I recommend Paleo to my patients all the time, and the weight loss I’ve seen has been dramatic.

One last tip — if you want to shed that belly fat fast, avoid too much sugar and especially high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). HFCS in particular is regularly converted by your body into liver and belly fat.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Editor
Nutrition & Healing

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Sources:

Increased risk of bowel cancer for each 1 cm rise in waist circumference, medicalnewstoday.com

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