Risk factors of colon cancer increased when diet swapped.

fiberdietDiet has been categorically linked with colon through a new study. The study focused on the impact of a switch on diet for two weeks between American and African diets. African diets are traditionally high in fiber and low in fat and and the Westernized diet has been linked to a number of adverse health impacts including colon . Colon accounts for over 600,000 annual deaths worldwide, and are substantially higher in industrial countries.

The study published in Nature Communications revealed that play an important role in substantially reducing in conjunction with a high fiber diet. The research participants consisted of group of 20 American Volunteers and another group of 20 participants from rural South Africa. The two groups swapped the type of diet under monitored conditions for two weeks.

The impact of the diets were examined through colonoscopy examinations before and after the diet swap and biological markers of colon were also examined. Initially at the start of the study almost half f the American subjects had polyps (abnormal growth in the colon). None of the Africans exhibited of polyp growth.

The impact of a change in diet was revealed as significantly less inflammation in the colon and reduced biomarkers of was detected in the American group. In the African group, measurements indicating dramatically increased after two weeks on the western diet.

“Studies on Japanese migrants to Hawaii have shown that it takes one generation of westernization to change their low incidence of colon to the high rates observed in native Hawaiians. Our study suggests that westernization of the diet induces changes in biomarkers of colon in the colonic mucosa within two weeks. Perhaps even more importantly, a change in diet from a westernized composition to a ‘traditional African’ high fiber low fat diet reduced these biomarkers of within two weeks, indicating that it is likely never too late to change your diet to change your of colon , ” said Professor Stephen O’Keefe at the University of Pittsburgh.

The impact of the diet was attributed to and how their metaablism was altered to adapt to the new diet. In the American group, the researchers found that the African diet led to an increase in the production of butyrate, a byproduct of fibre that has important anti- effects.

“The gut microbiome is being increasingly recognized as an important contributor to human health. This research shows that are critically important for mediating the link between diet and colon . This means we can look to develop therapies targeting as a way to prevent and treat ,” said Dr James Kinross, a surgeon and a member of the research group at Imperial.


Stephen J. D. O’Keefe, Jia V. Li, Leo Lahti, Junhai Ou, Franck Carbonero, Khaled Mohammed, Joram M. Posma, James Kinross, Elaine Wahl, Elizabeth Ruder, Kishore Vipperla, Vasudevan Naidoo, Lungile Mtshali, Sebastian Tims, Philippe G. B. Puylaert, James DeLany, Alyssa Krasinskas, Ann C. Benefiel, Hatem O. Kaseb, Keith Newton, Jeremy K. Nicholson, Willem M. de Vos, H. Rex Gaskins, Erwin G. Zoetendal. Fat, fibre and in African Americans and rural Africans. Nature Communications, 2015; 6: 6342 DOI: 10.1038/ncomms7342

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