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A 21-year-old member asked:

i'm asian, am i susceptible to diverticulitis and diverticulitis?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
What's your diet?: Diverticulosis and diverticulitis are far more common in western countries; this is believed to be due to the high red meat, low fiber diet we are famous for. If you live in the us and have adopted a western diet, the risk of diverticular disease is present regardless of your country of origin.
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
Ethnic: Background only plays a role as it relates to diet. Hi fiber diet with vegetables and fruit, common in asian populations, seems to have a protective effect but anyone can get diverticulitis.

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A 30-year-old member asked:

How long can a diverticulitis flare last?

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Dr. Robert Uyeda
General Surgery 45 years experience
Depends on: Severity, but usually 4-7 days. If it goes any longer, it could be something else. Consult with GI specialist for advice.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Does diveticulitis cause fatigue ?

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
Chronic diverticular: Infection can cause decreased energy and stamina in that your body is using all its reserves to control the infection. Many folks after surgery for chronic recurrent diverticulitis say with in a day or two of surgery that they already notice their energy level is better than it has been in years.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Can you drink wine and beer, while you have diverticulitis?

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Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 56 years experience
NO: Diverticulitis can lead to serious complication, some times even life threatening , you should follow your doctors advise take every measure to avoid complications, drinking wine and beer is not one it.
A 36-year-old member asked:

How soon after diverticulitis can I have wine?

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Dr. Carlos Tache Leon
General Surgery 27 years experience
As soon as you : Tolerate a normal diet. One important exception is if you are taking metronidazole. You might feel really bad if you drink any alcohol while taking this antibiotic.
A 45-year-old female asked:

How long does it take to recover divertictulities?

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Dr. Johnny Green
Colon and Rectal Surgery 41 years experience
Depends: Most episodes of diverticulitis improve within 2-3 days of starting antibiotics and you are back to normal within a week. About 20% will not respond to antibiotic treatment and will need to have the infected segment of colon removed. If you are not getting better contact your doctor or go the the emergency room.

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