Netanyahu Has Colonic Polyp Removed During Checkup

December 09, 2013. (photo credit: Miriam Alster/FLASH90) Newsroom Avigdor Liberman Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday underwent a minor gastrointestinal operation to have a polyp removed from his colon. The small polyp was removed in its entirety, Bloomberg quoted Dr. Eran Goldin, director of Shaare Zedek Hospitals gastrointestinal department, as saying. Doctors said the prime minister was in good condition after the procedure. Netanyahu was incapacitated for about an hour and transferred the reins of the country to Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman. Earlier in the day Israeli media reported that Netanyahu underwent the annual checkup, but made no mention of the operation. The checkup, carried out once every few years, was required for a yearly public report on the prime ministers health, the Prime Ministers Office said in a statement. Netanyahus personal doctor said the prime minister has been leading a clean, healthy lifestyle. On Friday night, Netanyahu checked into the Hillel Yaffe Hospital in Hadera with a sinus infection . There was no major threat to the prime ministers health, and he was released home after a checkup two hours later. In August, Netanyahu handed over power to Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon while undergoing an operation for an umbilical hernia.

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What Causes, Prevents Colon Polyps

“That’s what you’ll find in a multivitamin supplement and a small glass of milk,” says lead investigator David A. Lieberman, MD, chief of gastroenterology at the Portland VA Medical Center. “Other vitamins also seem to have a protective effect, but our study suggests a stronger protective effect from vitamin D.” That’s because vitamin D keeps cells from over-proliferating and multiplying too quickly. “Cells in the lining of the colon are constantly turning over and reproducing,” Lieberman tells WebMD. “A drug that could prevent that, theoretically, could prevent cell mutations that can lead to cancer.” A similar protective effect — about one-third reduced risk of these polyps — was noted in men who took a daily aspirin or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen or naproxen. Just over 4 grams of cereal fiber a day, which is less than one-quarter ounce, also offered the same degree of protection. –> The Value of Vitamin D Taking a multivitamin — most of which contain 400 IUs of vitamin D — was associated with reducing polyp risk by about 25%. These multivitamins also contain adequate amounts of calcium, folate, vitamin E, and selenium, which Lieberman also found to help lower polyp risk, “but not as much as vitamin D,” he says. In order to get the full protective effect of vitamin D — at 645 IU — add a small glass of milk daily to the multivitamin. That doesn’t surprise Michael Holick, MD, PhD, director of the Vitamin D Research Lab at Boston University Medical Center and considered by many to be the nation’s leading authority on vitamin D. He was not involved in Lieberman’s research, which is published in this week’s Journal of the American Medical Association.

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