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Are there specialized diets that will treat acute attacks of diverticulitis?

Are there specialized diets that will treat acute attacks of diverticulitis?

Not really, but...: Acute diverticulitis is associated with swelling of the colon that may create a temporary partial blockage of the colon. Therefore, we often advocate no food or just liquids during the initial phase of treatment. When food is resumed, it is common to recommend a low-residue diet early on. After the inflammation resolves, we often recommend high-fiber diets, which may reduce the risk of recurrence. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Diverticulitis (Definition)

Diverticulitis is inflamation and/or infection of diverticuli, almost exclusively of the colon. The most common place is in the sigmoid colon, low on the left side. Symptoms are pain and tenderness of the left lower abdomen. They can be mild to severe. Sometimes worse with ...Read more


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Diet for diverticulitis?

Diet for diverticulitis?

Early vs. Late: Acute diverticulitis is associated with swelling of the colon that may create a temporary partial blockage of the colon. Therefore, we often advocate no food or just liquids during the initial phase of treatment. When food is resumed, it is common to recommend a low-residue diet early on. After the inflammation resolves, we often recommend high-fiber diets, which may reduce the risk of recurrence. ...Read more

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How many days would i stay on a bland diet following a diverticulitis attack?

How many days would i stay on a bland diet following a diverticulitis attack?

Depends: It depends on how bad the attack is. Sometimes diverticulitis attacks are bad enough that they require hospital admission with IV antibiotics. Sometimes they can be treated with antibiotics by mouth as an outpatient. If the attack is bad you might be kept nothing by mouth for a few days. Or it is possible that you could be kept on clear liquids for a few days while the attack resolves. ...Read more

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Trying to find a diet for someone who has diverticulitis?

Trying to find a diet for someone who has diverticulitis?

Depends: Diverticulosis: hi fiber diet and and plenty of fluids. Include fruits, vegetables, salads and whole grains. Diverticulitis: low fiber diet, no fruits vegetables, salads or whole grains and plenty of fluids. Until inflammatory/infection completely resolves approx 6 weeks. ...Read more

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Which type of diet is advisable for a patient with diverticulitis?

Which type of diet is advisable for a patient with diverticulitis?

Diverticulitus: Diverticulitis means an active infection of small pouches of the colon that needs treatment with antibiotics. With an active infection, foods should be small and very light, liquids & a few sift foods until the infection has resolved. Then later your doctor would start you on high fiber foods after infection has fully resolved. ...Read more

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Can a person on low residue diet b/c of diverticulitis eat watermelon?

Can a person on low residue diet b/c of diverticulitis eat watermelon?

Yes: Some current GI folks do not buy into the seeds restriction. I general avoid most watermelon seeds - fun to spit at a tree! ...Read more

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Is the diet the same for diverticulosis and for diverticulitis?

Is the diet the same for diverticulosis and for diverticulitis?

No: If you have infection (diverticulitis) iiiyour doctor may put you on light diet untill the infection resolve then back to normal diet for dicertictulosis. ...Read more

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I have diverticulitis and am currently on a low residue diet. Is milk a low residue drink?

I have diverticulitis and am currently on a low residue diet. Is milk a low residue drink?

Yes: If you temporarily are on a low fiber diet, the easiest way to follow that diet is no fruits, no vegetables, no whole grains! meat, fish, chicken and dairy are fine. You may have white rice and white bread. Only exceptions to fruit/veggies is mashed potatoes and non chunky apple sauce. Not a healthy diet in the long run but necessary in the short(4-6weeks) to allow the colon to heal and recover. ...Read more

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Dr. Arthur Heller
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Diet (Definition)

Diet is a four letter word implying temporary measures with few good permanent results. I believe instead in 'healthy lifestyle changes' that may produce results more slowly ...Read more