Colon polyps can cause colon cancer, and Omega 3 can reduce the risk of polyps
New research is now showing the Omega 3 essential fatty acids may help reduce the risk of colon polyps in women, though it seems from the research that that protective mechanism doesn’t extend to men.
Colon polyps are growths on the interior surface of the large intestine. In some cases colon polyps are benign, meaning that they do not lead to any further health risks, particularly cancer, however in other cases colon polyps may lead to bowel cancer.
Generally people who have developed polyps in the intestine do not experience any particular pain or other symptoms, and so they may be difficult to detect. In some cases they may be associated with bleeding or some other mild symptoms, however generally they are not detected from physical symptoms.
However they can be detected through colonoscopy, if performed.
There’s a number of different types of colon polyps, some more dangerous than others.
One of the major risk factors of developing polyps is age, and it is estimated that anywhere up to half of people over the age of 60 will develop one or more.
Other inflammatory conditions of the colon, like Crohn’s disease, are also considered to increase your risk of colon cancer, as is a family history, obesity and smoking.
And, as noted, they do not always lead to colon cancer, they may do, and as colon cancer is the 2nd most common cause of death from cancer in the US, preventing or detecting polyps can be very important.
There has been a new study reported 3 weeks ago on the Vanderbilt University medical Centre’s website. The study was undertaken at the University’s Cancer Centre and has found that women who eat at least 3 servings of fish a week can reduce the risk of developing some types of colon polyps by around a 3rd. Or if you can’t afford fish you could take high quality Omega 3 capsules.
The most likely reason for this result is that it is considered that colon polyps can be a result of inflammation in the bowel, amongst other things, and that the Omega 3 fatty acids found in fish are very effective anti-inflammatories, as effective as aspirin at least, if not more.
In the study 5300 people were given food frequency questionnaires to determine how often they ate fish, and had urine samples taken to determine levels of inflammation from a biomarker found in the urine that can evidence levels of inflammation.
And participants also had a colonoscopy to detect the presence of polyps. Some participants began the study polyp free and others with polyps.
Surprisingly, the protective effect of the omega 3 fats in fish seems to extend to women, but not, according to the study, to men. Researchers commented that this may well be because men generally eat more of the Omega 6 fatty acids which may reduce the protective effect of the Omega 3’s.
A new study is now under way to see if these results can be duplicated using fish oil supplements.To find out more about Peter Click Here