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A 82-year-old male asked:

is it true eating nuts seeds or berries can cause diverticulitis?

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Dr. Herman Hammerstead
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NO: High fiber has been shown, in some studies, to be salutary
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
Probably not: It was once thought that such things could lodge in existing colonic diverticuli or block their openings, resulting in inflammation and infection. There is no real evidence of it. Some doctors still recommend avoiding such foods, but it probably makes no difference. (Personal story: I had divertiulitis 35 yr ago, another episode 2 yr ago, no others -- and I eat these things in large amounts.)

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A 21-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between diverticulitis and diverticulitis

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Dr. Mike Moore
Dr. Mike Mooreanswered
Family Medicine 8 years experience
Your question...: I assume you mean the difference between diverticulitis and diverticulosis. Diverticulosis is the development is small pouches in the wall of the lower colon. Diverticulitis is the infection of those pouches.
A 22-year-old member asked:

Are there any noticeable symptoms of diverticulitis?

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Dr. Mike Moore
Dr. Mike Mooreanswered
Family Medicine 8 years experience
Yes: Generally the symptoms of diverticulitis are left lower abdominal pain, fever, and bloating...It can also be associated with either diarrhea or constipation. If you have fever or abdominal pain, you should be evaluated as soon as possible, as diverticulitis is due to perforation of the colon, and can lead to serious complications if left untreated.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Does age play a role in diverticulitis and diverticulitis?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Yes.: The incidence of diverticular disease in the US increases with age: diverticuli are found in as many as 1/3 people by age 60, and app 1/2 of all people 80 and over. It is believed that our high red meat/low fiber diets contribute to this high incidence. Of course, only a small subset (~20%) of people with diverticuli ever develop diverticulitis.
Dr. James Gagne
Dr. James Gagne commented
Internal Medicine 48 years experience
I consider diverticuli ("pockets" or pouches in the wall of the colon) a normal finding in people over age 50. Diverticulitis -- an *infection* in one of those pockets -- is less common but by no means rare.
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A 21-year-old member asked:

I'm 30, am I in the age group with the greatest risk for diverticulitis and diverticulitis?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
No.: Diverticulosis is present in about 30% of people aged 60; this doubles by age 80. Only a small subset of people with diverticulosis develop diverticulitis. While we occasionally see people in their 20's or 30's with acute diverticulitis, it is overall very rare.
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.

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