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Can a High Fat, Low Complex Carbohydrate Diet Increase the Risk of Colon Cancer? Prof Stephen O’Keefe

Fibre and lowering risk of colon cancerPublic address by

Stephen O’Keefe, Professor of Medicine,
Clinical Nutrition Service at the University of Pittsburgh

and a world expert on colon health, on the topic:

Can a high fat, low complex carbohydrate diet 
increase the risk of colon cancer?

Other speakers included:

Megan Pentz-Kluyts – CANSA Nutrition & Dietetics Consultant on
CANSA: From farm…to fork

Leo Katsidzira – Division of Gastroenterology at Groote Schuur Hospital on
“Increasing risk of colon cancer in urban Zimbabwe”

SMART Lifestyle Choices = REDUCED Cancer Risk

Several studies have shown that high intake of red and processed meats, highly refined grains and starches as well as sugars are all factors related to an increased risk of colon cancer. Replacing these foodstuffs mainly with fatty fish and plant sources as the primary source of protein; unsaturated fats as the primary source of fat; as well as unrefined grains, legumes and fruits as the primary source of carbohydrates is likely to lower the risk.

Prof Stephen O'Keefe

Prof Stephen O’Keefe

About Prof Stephen O’Keefe

Dr O’Keefe’s research explores the field of nutritional gastroenterology. Most of his investigations are translational in nature, evaluating the physiological and pathophysiological responses to dietary intake and interventional feeding. His current major area of NIH-supported research investigates the role diet, colonic microbiota and the metabolome to determine colon cancer in diverse populations. His studies seek to unravel the reasons for the high risk of colon cancer among African Americans in the U.S., while rural Africans in Africa rarely get the disease. Dr O’Keefe has formed a collaborative team from South Africa, the UK and The Netherlands to achieve these aims. Currently, this group is investigating the effects of dietary exchanges on the microbiota and colonic mucosal biomarkers of cancer risk. Read more about Prof O’Keefe here


Prof O’Keefe: Can a high fat, low complex carbohydrate diet increase the risk of colon cancer?

Megan Pentz-Kluyts: CANSA: From farm…to fork

Leo Katsidzira: Increasing risk of colon cancer in urban Zimbabwe

Good Sources of Fibre:

  • Kidney beans
  • Lentils
  • Chickpeas
  • Oats
  • Fresh and frozen Vegetables
  • Fresh fruit
  • Dried fruit
  • Brown rice
  • Bran flakes
  • Low GI Bread

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Date: Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Time: 09:00 – 12:00
CANSA Science & Resource Centre
37A Main Road, Mowbray, Cape Town (map here)

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