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The colon can have small pouches in the lining of the
colon or large intestine that bulge outward through
week spots. .Each pouch is called a diverticulum.
Multiple pouches are called diverticula. The condition
of having diverticula is called diverticulosis.
is most common in the lower portion of the large
intestine. About 10 percent of Americans older than 40
have diverticulosis. The condition becomes more common
as people age. About half of all people older than 60
When these pouches become infector or inflamed, it is
is an acquired disease. This
is common in countries where highly refined low-fiber
diets are common. The disease is rare in countries of
Asia and Africa, where people eat high-fiber and
Diverticulosis usually causes no symptoms. Most people
won't know they have this unless it shows up in an
examination or it develops into diverticulitis.
symptoms of diverticulitis is
cramping (usually more severe in the lower left side)
pain triggered by touch
constipation or very thin stools
Blood in the stools
General feeling of being tired or run-down
food high in fiber - especially fruits and vegetables.
Increase your fiber intake slowly over six to eight
week Your digestive system will need time
to adjust. You can expect bloating and gas in
the first few weeks.
Drink plenty of liquids including fruit and vegetable
juices and water.
diverticulitis with mild symptoms usually requires the
person to rest, take oral antibiotics, and be on a
liquid diet for a period of time.
Medical doctors will advise a hospital stay,
intravenous antibiotics and surgery.
Eat fiber-rich foods such as fresh fruit,
vegetables and whole grain breads and cereals to
Drink at eight glasses of water daily to cleanse
the body and keep the digestive system moving
Exercise regularly because the more active you
become, the less likely you are to develop
Avoid delaying bowel movements rather respond
quickly to avoid increased pressure in the colon
Reduce your intake of red meat and instead
substitute it with chicken or fish
Add a fiber supplement such as psyllium seed
bulking agents to your diet
Avoid foods containing small seeds such as
tomatoes and popcorn, as well as using whole-seed
spices such as cumin and sesame – seeds may
lodge in diverticula and cause inflammation
Cleanse your colon to help prevent toxic buildup
by using colonic irrigation or herbal cleanses
Avoid using laxatives, enemas and narcotic
medications that can cause constipation
Learn to enjoy meals more by sitting down to
eat, eating slower and paying attention to your
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