colon polyps

  1. Obesity boosts colorectal risk

    Common condition boosts risk of colon polyps

    A big belly could put your butt on the line in a very real way -- because obesity can raise your risk of potentially cancerous colon growths.

    And not by a little bit, either.

    If you're an overweight man, your risk of colon polyps triples when compared to normal-weight men -- and if you're obese, that risk triples again when compared to overweight men, according to the latest research.

    And believe it or not, those are actually some of the best numbers in the study -- because it gets worse from here.

    Much worse.

    If you're obese, for example, your risk of having colorectal polyps (as opposed to none at all) jumps by 800 percent, while your risk of having three or more of these precancerous growths jumps by 650 percent.

    What's more, the study looked at several different measures of obesity -- including BMI, body fat, fat hormones, waistline and more -- and found that any of them alone can increase your risk of polyps.

    Colorectal polyps aren't cancers, but precancerous growths that could turn into tumors, especially if they get hold of something that can help them grow.

    And as it turns out, they just love leptin.

    That's the so-called fat hormone that rises in your body as your waistline expands -- and the higher your levels of leptin, the higher your risk of polyps.

    While this study focused on men, obesity is a major risk factor for a number of cancers in men and woman alike -- so if you've packed on the pounds yourself over the years, it's time to get rid of them.

    And no matter how much you weigh, if you're in your middle ages or older, it's important to get a colonoscopy.

    It's not nearly as bad as it sounds, and it could save your life.

    For some tips on colon screenings, read this free report from my House Calls archives.

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  2. Fish oil can slash A-fib risk

    Fish oil isn't just the best natural way to fight the ravages of heart disease -- it's also the best way to avoid problems with your ticker in the first place.

    We've known all along that people who eat the most fatty fish have a lower risk of heart disease. And now, researchers say the omega-3 fatty acids found in those fish can also slash the odds of another serious heart problem: atrial fibrillation.

    That's a frightening -- and all-too-common -- condition where your heart loses its rhythm and starts galloping off like a spooked horse. People who have it say it can feel like your heart is getting ready to bounce right out of your chest.

    But now, researchers say their study of more than 3,300 seniors who were tracked for 14 years found that those with the highest blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids -- especially DHA -- were 30 percent less likely to come down with the condition.

    This isn't the first study of its kind -- others have also found that omega-3 fatty acids can slash the risk of A-fib, including an 18-year study out of Finland that found high levels cut that risk by 35 percent.

    When you consider how many patients are fighting this disease, that's a big deal.

    Close to 10 percent of seniors eventually develop atrial fibrillation -- and because the condition comes with a higher risk of stroke and heart failure, it's often treated with the same risky blood-thinning meds given to heart patients.

    There's even one new blood thinner supposedly aimed just at A-fib patients -- and that one could be even more dangerous than those other bad meds.

    If fish oil can help you avoid the disease in the first place, I say load up now. After all, A-fib isn't the only condition omega-3s can fight or prevent.

    Studies have shown that omega-3 fatty acids can help the heart, brain, eyes and even gums. One recent study even links fish oil to a lower risk of colon polyps in women.

    This stuff is so good that even Big Pharma wants in -- so you're starting to see expensive prescription omega-3 blends on the market.

    Save your money -- a quality omega-3 supplement from a trusted vitamin maker is all you and your heart really need.

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