Over the last 2 years I have had polyps removed during colonoscopies. Trying to discover what, if anything I can do to reduce the chances of regrowth. Have been making and drinking kefir for last 6 months but still needed polypectomy last month. Anyone out there with similar experience?
I’ve just had polyps removed and spoke to the specialist last week who said the only thing we can control for to prevent bowel cancer is not to eat red meat and not to eat charred food – get rid of the barbecue 🙁
The rest is not something we can do much about – getting older, genetics for eg.
That’s helpful, thank you. Have already embarked on cutting out red meat (not that it’s ever been a heavy feature of my diet) and will avoid charred food too – I do like well done toast. In my internet browsing, I’d come across possible links with dairy and as I’m a big kefir, yoghurt and cheese fan, I’d felt concerned.
Clomas: Ensure you replace the red meat with other sources of haem iron and vitamin B12. For example oily fish, which is also rich in vitamin D and long chain omega-3s. Some white meats are shockingly low in micronutrients: check out chicken breast on Self Nutrition Data.
With dietary health risks or benefits the type, amount/ serving size and frequency that the food is eaten is highly relevant. The standard western diet overly emphasises *processed, fatty, intensively reared* red meat products (sausages, bacon, ham, burgers, deli meats) and *intensively reared cows, pasteurised, longlife, sugar added* dairy products (flavoured milk, flavoured yoghurt, processed cheeses).
As part of a *balanced and very varied* wholefood diet – Clever Guts, Mediterranean – modest servings of game or outdoor reared red meats, live fermented cows milk, traditionally made aged sheep and goats milk cheeses (and a little well done toast!) is morelikely to benefit your health as a whole than be a detriment.
You can find abstracts and some full texts of published studies via PubMed and Google Scholar.