A heart healthy diet can reduce your risk of developing certain cancers, including colorectal. Focus on eating more fiber such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans and nuts, and limiting red and processed meats to cut excess calories. Consuming foods low in nutrients and high in sugar make it harder to maintain a healthy weight. Excess body fat, especially around your waist, can lead to inflammation and elevated insulin levels that lay the groundwork for heart disease and cancer (American Institute for Cancer Research).
It’s never to early to start the conversation. Talk to your doctor to see if you could be at risk for heart disease or colorectal cancer. If you do not have a doctor, contact one of the Coalition’s health centers to schedule an appointment: