It’s not clear how polyps can be prevented. However, the following guidelines can help you stay healthy and may help prevent not only polyps but also colon cancer:
- Eat a high fiber diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables , and whole grains.
- Minimize the amount of animal fat in your diet. This occurs in beef and other meat products as well as full-fat dairy products.
- Exercise regularly.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Don't smoke.
- See your doctor for regular screenings after the age of 50.
- More frequent screenings may be needed if polyps are found.
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