Diverticular Disease and Diet

Diverticulosis is a condition in which small, bulging pouches (diverticuli) form inside the lower part of the intestine, usually in the colon. Constipation and straining during bowel movements can worsen the condition. A diet rich in fiber can help keep stools soft and prevent inflammation. Diverticulitis occurs when the pouches in the colon become infected or inflamed. Dietary changes can help the colon heal. Fiber is an important part of the diet for patients with diverticulosis. A high-fiber diet softens and gives bulk to the stool, allowing it to pass quickly and easily. Diet for Diverticulosis Eat a high-fiber diet

Diverticular disease

This factsheet is for people who have diverticular disease, or who would like information about it. Diverticular disease is a common condition affecting the digestive system. It happens when small bulges or pouches, called diverticula, form in the wall of the bowel. About diverticular disease Diverticular disease is very common, but most people who have it don’t have any symptoms. It becomes more common as you get older. Diverticular disease happens when small areas of the lining of your bowel weaken and form bulges or pouches, over the course of many years. These are known as diverticula. Most diverticula are

Diverticular Disease/Diverticulitis

Definition A pouch that forms in the wall of the large intestine is called a diverticulum. When it becomes infected or inflamed it is called diverticulitis. Diverticulitis Infected pouches along the colon. Causes It is not clear why the pouches form. Doctors believe a constant pressure is built up when food moves too slowly through the bowel. This pressure increases then pushes along the side walls creating pouches. Digested food or stool can become trapped in one of the pouches. This leads to inflammation and infection. The following may contribute to diverticulitis: •    Low-fiber diet—Fiber softens stools and makes them

Diverticulitis Symptoms, Causes, Treatment

What is Diverticulitis? Diverticulitis is the term used to describe an inflammation of one or several diverticula. Diverticula are pocket-like protrusions (herniations) of the mucosa through the muscular wall of the small intestine or colon. Typically, they take place in the sigmoid colon, the lower part of the large intestine. The inflammation occurs when the undigested food or bacteria becomes trapped in the structure formed by the diverticula (diverticulum).  Diverticulitis is the most common complication of diverticulosis, ie. the presence of diverticula. Diverticulitis is a common digestive disease that affects both men and women and it is more common in

Foods Not to Eat If You Have Diverticulitis

Diverticulitis is a medical condition in which inflammation within the intestinal tract leads to sluggish movement of feces within the colon. Rather than being successfully passed out of the body, fecal matter collects small, distended sacs known as diverticula. This leads to bloating, discomfort, constipation and, if left untreated, intestinal obstruction or even gangrene. Fortunately, the vast majority of cases can be resolved with modifications to the daily diet, decreasing fiber intake and avoiding “high residue” foods. A low-fiber diet gives the colon longer to rest, rather than overworking it. Grains To help prevent a diverticulitis attack, avoid eating whole