Month: December 2020
Need a fruity, protein pick me up? A cool, thick smoothie can be a satisfying breakfast or lunch. Using a low-calorie protein shake as the liquid component balances the natural sugars in the fruit helping you feel full longer and better manages a shift in blood sugar. This bariatric surgery appropriate recipe can be easily changed up by adding spices like cinnamon or swapping in other fruits or berries.
There are almost 150,000 cases of colon and rectal cancer each year, of which there are between 50,000 and 60,000 deaths. This makes colon cancer more deadly, in absolute terms, than breast cancer and prostate cancer. And yet, colon cancer is one of the most preventable and treatable diseases. Much of the increase in colon cancer occurrence is due to poor dietary and exercise habits that we, as a society, have adopted in the past several decades. Processed foods, amongst other poor dietary choices, have contributed to an obesity epidemic that has caused rates of colon cancer to increase dramatically through the mid-80s. Fortunately, better screening and education has mitigated some of this rise through the use of colonoscopy. As prevention is always better than even early treatment, here are our top five recommendations on reducing the risk of colon cancer.
Cheesecake is an indulgent treat, but does indulgent have to equal unhealthy? Using a protein shake to add sweetness and flavor also balances the nutrition and helps make this treat more filling and less empty calories. If cookies and cream isn’t your preferred flavor, simply swap the protein shake flavor.
In fairness, the title of this blog post is misleading, but we did so on purpose. We did so, very simply, because there’s never a time that blood in the stool should be ignored. Yet, over and over again, we see patients who have experienced blood in their stool, convinced themselves it is something minor and avoided coming to see their doctor or colorectal surgeon. The problem is, that something minor and very treatable today may progress to something more aggressive over time and can ultimately cause significant quality-of-life issues – even malignancy – and ultimately, fewer treatment options. While the only good option is visiting your doctor, following is an idea of the most common causes of blood in the stool and, ultimately, what should be done to address them.