Although aging is a natural process that occurs in everybody’s lives, unfortunately, it does bring a lot of risks with it. Can you guess what risks are we talking about? For starters, there is the increased risk of Osteoporosis, hypertension, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and what we want to talk about the most – the increased risk of colorectal cancer. Unfortunately, if you are passed your 50th year of life, then you no longer have the opportunity to ignore these risks, and most importantly the risk of colon and colorectal cancer. Why do you ask? It is because of the newest statistics that show the number of deaths due to colon and colorectal cancer was 14.8 per 100.000 men and women per year.
Did this scare you? Because if it did, then it did achieve the effect that we wanted. Because if you do feel scared then you will feel more eager to rethink your choice of lifestyle and try to involve the necessary ways to prevent colon and colorectal cancer. But we are not here only to scare you. We are here to show you how to protect your colon against not only the colon and colorectal cancer but also other conditions such as Irritable bowel syndrome by changing your lifestyle and getting rid of bad habits!
How to Take Care of Your Colon?
Get Informed – As you get older, your body gets more sensitive to all the risks that pose a danger towards it. One very simple way to protect your colon is getting informed. Get informed about all the possible risks such as colon/colorectal cancer, irritable bowel movement etc. and acknowledge the possible symptoms. By knowing the symptoms you will know what to expect and you will learn how to act smart and inform your doctor about the changes that you have been feeling lately. This is especially important for those of you who have a family history of colon or colorectal cancer, older people, both man and women, African-American people etc. since these are the most common risk factors for colon and colorectal cancer.
Rethink The Way You Eat –Low quality of life is listed as one of the potential risk factors that can lead to a difficult condition such as irritable bowel movement and colorectal cancer to develop. That means that a low-fiber, high-fat diet is what you need to change. Avoid processed food, red meat, fast food, and any superficial sugars as much as you can. Eat more fresh fruits and vegetables, fish, nuts, and drink a lot of water to fuel your body in the right way.
Exercise, Exercise and More Exercise – Low quality of life includes no physical activity as well. You might think that you get all the physical activity that you need by doing the chores around the house or going to the supermarket twice a week, but that is not the case. You need to do some kind of physical activity, at least for 30 minutes a day, for 5 days a week to satisfy your body’s needs for physical activity. Plus, being physically active in a combination with a healthy diet will help you to stay in shape and decrease the risk of being overweight which is a risk factor for colorectal cancer itself.
Forget about Excessive Drinking – Be moderate when it comes to drinking. Drinking one glass of red wine every second day is actually recommended, but, excessive drinking will not do any good and it will actually increase the risk for the many conditions that pose a danger to your colon. Watch out how much you normally drink if you are interested in keeping your colon in a healthy condition.
Get A Colonoscopy Performed – A colonoscopy is a method used to investigate the condition of your colon and rectum. By performing a colonoscopy your doctor will be able to see if there are any polyps developing and analyze the health of your colon and rectum. Think about it – a colonoscopy takes only 30 minutes to be performed and it will reveal everything that your doctors need to know about the condition of your colon and rectum! In addition, if you have noticed any symptoms, get a colonoscopy scheduled right away. If you have a family history of colon or colorectal cancer or polyps, make sure to schedule your colonoscopy at an earlier age.
Keeping your colon in a healthy condition is not something that requires a lot of time, but it does require a few changes. But when you think about it, all that you have to change are your bad habits of eating unhealthy food, not exercising regularly and forgetting to go see your doctor for your annual colonoscopy that should take its place on your calendar. Yes, avoiding processed food and alcohol and getting up from in front of the TV to get your daily exercise can get a bit annoying. But in those moments, just think about all the beneficial effects that those actions have not only on your colon but on your whole body and your physical and mental health. Do not hesitate to make the necessary changes to gain what is offered in return and that is a better quality of life!