What Is The Diet For Lynch Syndrome?

Lynch syndrome is a condition in which the individuals suffering from this syndrome have the high risk of developing cancer. The types of cancer caused by this syndrome are colon cancer, endometrial cancer and the cancer involving some other organs. This is a type of inherited cancer syndrome which runs in generation. Formerly it was known as hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer or familial adenomatous polyposis. It is due to the genetic mutation in various genes.

What Is The Diet For Lynch Syndrome?

Lynch syndrome is not the cancer itself rather it is a condition characterized by the increased risk of developing cancer in the patients suffering from Lynch syndrome. The risk of cancer varies and depends upon the type of gene mutated. The diet of such patient should not include the ingredients that increase the risk of cancer and also added are those substances which contribute in cancer risk reduction. Following are the diet habits which should be following by patients suffering from Lynch Syndrome for reducing the risk of cancer:

Integrative Nutrition: Integrative nutrition is an essential component for reducing the risk of cancer. It not only involves the diet, but also involves inner connection through meditation and yoga and also includes physical activity such as exercise.

Reducing Sugars: Sugars are said to be one of the ingredients that promotes cancer. It is due to the fact that cancer cells are in high-speed multiplying phase and for this they require high energy. Thus, the sugars are the ready source of energy for such cancerous cells.

Low Fatty Acid: High fat diet is found to be one of the most prominent reasons for increasing cancer risk. Although omega 3 fatty acids are found to be reducing the risk, but the use of these fatty acids should be restricted, and a moderate amount is to be consumed.

Reduce Potatoes: Potatoes are rich in carbohydrates and increases the risk of cancer. Thus, the potatoes and especially potato chips should be avoided by the people suffering from lynch syndrome.

High Antioxidant: Antioxidant supplements are known to be an important ingredient in reducing the risk of cancer. Thus, the diet of the patient should be added with various antioxidants such as dark chocolate, Green tea extract, Coenzyme Q10, Resveratrol and quercetin.

Anticancer Supplements: Various anti-cancer supplements are available which can be incorporated in the diet of patient. These supplements include curcumin, garlic and quercetin. Other substances in this category are onions and tomatoes.

Dietary Vitamin D: Dietary vitamin D also plays an important role in reducing the risk of cancer as many people suffering from cancer are found to be vitamin D deficient.

Lifestyle Modifications: Various lifestyle modifications in diet are required to keep the patient with Lynch Syndrome at lower risk of developing cancer. The patient should not consume alcohol and also quit smoking. Further, the processed substances such as meat should be completely removed from the diet of the patient.

Spicy Food: Spicy food may aggravate the condition and increase the risk of developing cancer. Thus, the highly spicy food should be avoided by the patients.

Symptoms Of Lynch Syndrome

Lynch Syndrome is genetically run disease. Typically it does not have any symptoms. Once the patient is diagnosed with Lynch syndrome, he has to be careful about any bowel changes or any other symptoms that may be due to cancer. Following are such symptoms:

Whenever the patient of Lynch syndrome experiences these symptoms, he should consult with the physician as soon as possible.


Lynch syndrome is a hereditary disorder in which the gene is mutated. The patients with lynch syndrome have high risk of developing at least 12 types of cancers and thus the management strategy is to reduce the risk of developing this syndrome into cancer. The diet of such patients either avoids the ingredients that increase the risk or to incorporate the foods that reduces the risk of cancer. The most comprehensive approach to reduce the risk of cancer is the integrative approach comprising diet, yoga, meditation and physical activity.

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Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:November 12, 2018

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