Could your genes affect your colon health?

Genes may affect risk of colon cancerA gene variation has been identified that may affect a person’s risk of suffering from colon cancer, scientists say.

Research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association reveals that those who inherit a variation of a gene known as ADIPOQ are as much as 30 percent less likely to develop this form of cancer.

The gene variation probably works by controlling how much of a hormone known as adiponectin is secreted by the body’s fat cells. High levels of this hormone in the blood are correlated with a reduced risk of colon cancer.

Lead author Boris Pasche of the University of Alabama Comprehensive Cancer Center suggested that the findings could lead to a “better understanding of the genetic and lifestyle factors” that play a role in the disease. He also expressed hope at improving early detection.

Those who are concerned about their colon health may want to consider adding a nutritional supplement containing high levels of fiber to their diet.

Many fruits, vegetables and legumes are also good sources of fiber.