Ok all, I have been back and forth through the internet to figure out my best chances of not allowing Barretts to progress to cancer. Here is what I have come up with for my life plan.
Lifestyle changes I plan on doing:
Lose weight. Already doing this anyway. Went from 190 to 163 and plan on leveling out in the mid 150’s somewhere. This puts me in a comfortable “normal” level in the BMI chart. I’m somewhere between 5’9 and 5’10 in height.
Exercise – 30+ minutes/day 5 days/week
Stopped Smoking completely. Used to smoke infrequently (socially)
Multivitamin with extra amount for diabetics (I am/was pre-diabetic) This has a bunch of extra Vitamin C and E in particular, which there have been studies showing that to help with esophageal cancer.
Omega 3 in fish oil. 1.5 g / day.
Have cut out Fast food for 2 months so I will continue to eat that very infrequently.
Candy and Fried foods the same thing.
Stopped drinking coffee
Stopped drinking all soda diet or otherwise (staying away from artificial sweeteners as well)
96 or more oz of water/day
One or two Salads/day. More raw vegetables in general
1.5 cups or more of Black Raspberries/day
2-3 cups of Green Tea Per day
1 glass of wine/day a few times a week
Lower carb intake
Drinking – I will cut down on this but not stop. I have not seen any good direct evidence that states quantity of alcohol is a factor in adenocarcinoma.
Asprin/day – I have read studies showing this has helped prevent esophageal cancer. I have also read about possible side effects. I will discuss this with a doctor or two before undertaking this.
Will most likely go ahead with Nissen Fundiplication to prevent reflux.
Will insist on continuing on at least one of the two protonix generics/ day I am taking now.
Will look for someone to perform the Halo 360 abalation procedure on the Barretts with no dysplasia I have currently. Not sure if I will be able to get insurance to cover this but I hope they will.
Anyway would love to hear others thoughts on these ideas and maybe some others your doing. I am not one to give up on anything and am extreamly competitive. If its a fight cancer wants, its a fight cancers gonna get.
Post Edited (BMcD) : 8/19/2009 8:47:13 AM (GMT-6)