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Colon Polyps and Diet
Various Foods that Help Prevent Colon Polyps | Gastroenterologist Atlanta

Food such as milk, yogurt, almonds, cheeses, broccoli, salmon, and avocado provide good sources of calcium.

While there are many different debilitating conditions that an individual might have to grapple with in life, colon polyps can be a uniquely challenging disease to handle. Yet by learning more about the condition and how dietary changes can ease the symptoms of the disease, you and your loved ones can continue living a productive and positive life. Here is some basic information you should know:

Polyps – A Brief Overview

Colon polyps (also referred to as colorectal polyps) are fleshy growths that occur on the lining of the rectum or colon. If they are left untreated, these polyps can evolve into colorectal cancer. Generally, colorectal polyps are classified in terms of their behavior (such as whether they are malignant or benign). Polyps can be benign (hyperplastic polyp), pre-malignant (tubular adenoma), or malignant (colorectal adenocarcinoma). They can also be classified in terms of etiology (such as whether they result from a condition such as inflammatory bowel disease).

How Diet Can Improve Your Polyp Condition

Although grappling with polyps can be a difficult thing to do, making changes to your lifestyle can decrease one’s symptoms and susceptibility to the condition. While there are many lifestyle changes you can make when dealing with colorectal polyps, changing your diet can be one of the most effective shifts. Here are some dietary improvements that can be made:

1. Get Your Calcium.

If you want to protect yourself from getting polyps or experiencing another bout with the condition, be sure to get enough calcium. Some of the great sources of calcium available include low-fat or skim milk, kale, broccoli, and canned salmon that has its bones. It also appears that adequate consumption of vitamin D can reduce one’s susceptibility to colorectal cancer given that the vitamin aids in calcium absorption. There are a wide variety of sources from which vitamin D can be obtained, such as liver, fish, egg yolks, and milk products. Vitamin D can also be obtained through exposure to the sun. If you find that you’re not drinking adequate amounts of milk or obtaining your calcium and vitamin D from other sources, consider supplementation.

2. Eat Fruits And Vegetables.

Incorporating fruits and vegetables into your diet is important because these foods are rich in fiber. When you consume foods that are high in fiber, you can decrease your susceptibility to polyp development. Additionally, fruits and vegetables contain high amounts of antioxidants that can aid in cancer prevention. According to the American Cancer Society, people should consume a minimum of five servings of vegetables and fruit each day.

Conclusion

At GI North, we recognize that having polyps can have an adverse effect on your personal and professional life. That’s why we’re here to help. By providing you with information regarding colon polyps and scheduling a colonoscopy for you, Dr. Cofrancesco at GI North can help you attain and maintain great health despite any physical challenges you experience.

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