Cutting Back on Red Meat May Help Prevent Hemorrhoids

Time to put down that steak knife. According to research from the American Institute for Cancer Research and the World Cancer Research Fund, colon cancer risk may increase from eating red meat and processed meat. The study suggests that people who eat 24.5 ounces of red meat per week may increase their chances of developing colon cancer by 17 percent compared to those who do not eat red meat. In addition to a healthy diet and exercise, eliminating red and processed meats might prevent thousands of colon cancer cases per year.

What’s more, eating a diet higher in fiber from fruits and vegetables also is easier on your digestive system. And that, in turn, is helpful when it comes to avoiding hemorrhoids.

According to the American Cancer Society, about 150,000 people will be diagnosed with colon cancer and 50,000 people will die from the disease. Colon cancer is the third deadliest form of cancer in the U.S. Not only should we take precautions through our diet and lifestyle, but also by getting colon cancer screenings. And while hemorrhoids don’t mean that you’ve developed colon cancer, they are an indicator that your digestive system is out of sorts, and needs your attention.

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