Study: High-Protein, Low-Carbohydrate Diets May Increase Risk of Colon Cancer

by: cancercompass

According to a new study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, those who undergo high-protein, low-carbohydrate diets for weight loss reasons may actually be hindering their colonic health, increasing their risk of developing colon cancer.

The study claims that weight-loss diets that are high-protein but low-carb decrease fecal cancer-protective metabolites  and increase hazardous metabolites.

"The concern raised by our studies is that the risk of colorectal cancer might be raised by long-term adherence to diets that are high in protein and low in carbohydrate, especially fiber," senior researcher Dr. Harry J. Flint told Reuters Health.

However, he states further that "people should not be discouraged from losing weight, as this offers important health benefits."

Colon cancer symptoms can include: a change in bowel habits, diarrhea, constipation, or feeling that the bowel does not empty completely, blood (either bright red or very dark) in the stool, stools that are narrower than usual, general abdominal discomfort (frequent gas pains, bloating, fullness, and/or cramps), weight loss with no known reason, constant tiredness, and vomiting.

What do you think of this new study? Have you ever tried a high-protein, low-carb diet?