Diverticulosis & Diverticulitis – What is the difference and why should I care?
FACTS ABOUT DIVERTICULAR DISEASE:
- Diverticular disease was almost unknown in 1900.
- By 1970 diverticular disease was the most common disease of the colon in western countries.
- Almost 60% of Americans over the age of 60 have diverticular disease.
- Diverticulosis are pouch-like structures that can form through points of weakness in the muscular wall of the colon.
- Diverticulitis occurs when these pouches get inflamed or infected. This can cause pain, most often in the left lower abdomen, fever, or a change in bowel habits.
- Most people with diverticulosis have no symptoms and will remain symptom free for the rest of their lives, i.e. never have an episode of diverticulitis.
- Individuals with diverticulosis do NOT need to avoid nuts, seeds, and popcorn. In fact, some studies suggest that these foods may reduce the risk for a diverticulitis flare.
- A high fiber diet can help prevent diverticulosis and diverticulitis flares.
- Regular exercise can help prevent diverticulitis flares.
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