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Can your New Year’s resolutions lower your colorectal cancer risk? A recent report by the American Institute for Cancer Research and the World Cancer Research Fund has found strong evidence linking a person’s diet and lifestyle to a significant reduction in colorectal cancer risk, the third most common cancer in the world.
Results from the report evaluating research from 99 studies and data from more than 29 million subjects showed that eating red meat as well as processed meats such as ham increased colorectal cancer risk while a diet including whole grains — a source of fiber, vitamin E, zinc and other nutrients — decreased risk. Other lifestyle factors that raise risk include consuming two or more alcoholic drinks per day and being overweight or obese.
Though there is no sure way to prevent colorectal cancer, research now shows clear evidence of actionable ways to reduce risk, including exercising for at least 30 minutes a day, avoiding high-calorie foods and sugary drinks and eating less salt. Slash your risk by making a healthy commitment to eat clean and establish a fitness routine – whether you prefer yoga or CrossFit.