In a mice study, researchers have discovered that when carbohydrates are ingested they are broken down into metabolites by a specific gut-bacteria. These metabolites form cells that adhere to the walls of the colon and can become polyps.
Polyps are the growths in the intestine that are removed during a colonoscopy. If not found during a screening test, they can become malignant, and over time, spread beyond the walls of the colon. The reduction of the rate of colon cancer diagnoses in the US is a direct result of so many Americans receiving colonoscopies as part of their regular healthcare. When found early, colon cancer has a 90% cure rate.
It is important to note that this should be considered preliminary – many more studies will be necessary to determine the ramifications of these initial findings. For now, you should speak to your physician at Southern California Medical Gastroenterology Group and determine the best diet that serves to maintain a healthy weight and a healthy colon. If you would like to make an appointment, use this form.