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Colorectal Cancer Is Killing 20- to 30-Year-Olds. We Now Have One Clue About Why

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola

Historically, colorectal cancer has been an “old people’s disease” relegated to those in middle age or beyond. But younger people are now coming down with this cancer, and researchers think they know why: obesity. According to Vox, the obesity prevalence has doubled in more than 70 countries since 1980, and as more and more young people are included in that number, researchers theorize their obesity is contributing to their cancer risk.

While it’s just one clue in the rising cancer rates, it’s still significant, since we already know that obesity and its associated inflammation are potential drivers of early-onset cancer.

Inflammation is a driving cause of many diseases, cancer being just one, and as such, it’s a serious matter you just can’t ignore. Fortunately, there are many safe, natural ways to fight inflammation, beginning with your diet. To that end, I firmly believe that optimizing your body’s ability to burn fat as its primary fuel is key to preventing inflammation as well as cancer.

You can do this by adopting a ketogenic diet combined with intermittent fasting. If nothing else, this eating lifestyle can aid in weight loss, which addresses the obesity issue. In fact, one study showed that a ketogenic diet is particularly helpful if you are obese. From the inflammation standpoint, since a ketogenic way of life means reducing, with the goal of eliminating, refined carbs and sugar — which are chronic inflammatory agents — from your diet, by eating this way you are on the road to also ending inflammation.

Other foods that increase inflammation include artificial trans fats, processed vegetable oils, excessive alcohol and refined carbohydrates. On the flip side, foods that prevent inflammation — as well as your risk for heart disease and Type 2 diabetes — include garlic, walnuts, wild-caught, Alaskan salmon, ginger, almonds, berries, spinach, turmeric and rosemary, to name just a few.

Although not a specific food, eating a diet high in healthy fats and low net carbohydrates and moderate amounts of high-quality protein has also demonstrated a significant effect at lowering your inflammatory response — in other words, the ketogenic diet.

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