Make Smart Lifestyle Choices to Protect Your Heart and Colon

Eat high-fiber, low-fat foods, exercise regularly, and dont smoke for maximum benefits.

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People with coronary artery disease (CAD) are twice as likely to develop colorectal cancer, according to a study published in the Sept. 26 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. Since these conditions share several controllable risk factors, you may be able to prevent two diseases with one approach. "Risk factors common to both coronary artery disease and colorectal tumors (benign and malignant) include physical inactivity; diets that are high in saturated fats and processed meats and low in fresh fruits, vegetables, and grains; obesity; aging; and smoking," says Carol Burke, MD, director of the Center for Colon Polyp and Cancer Prevention at Cleveland Clinic
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