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Does Age Play A Role In Diverticulitis And Diverticulitis
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
My 3yr old has the same problems with constipation and her bowels that I've had since her age and I have diverticulitis. Can she have it at her age?
Maybe see your MD: I would suggest that you both be tested for celiac and crohns disease. It is possible that she inherited the same sensitivity to food or environment that is causing your digestive issue. Please see your md. ...Read more
How do you manage diet for IBS and diverticulitis. Allowable foods seem mutually exclusive. I get a lot of pain about once a month. Age 67?
Idea Link below: Actually this is not too rare. It will be a balancing act - but you can do it if you're patient and motivated. I'd start at the clean out of a nearly liquid, bland, soft diet until the diverticulitis clears some. Then move in the direction of easy to digest more solid fiber foods still low in fat, spice, salt. A bit of poultry and light fish, but mostly selected veggies. It will be trial and error ...Read more
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Elective?Emergency?: Surgery for diverticulitis may be performed emergently (to treat an active episode) or electively (to prevent future episodes). In the former situation, one may be quite ill and the operation is usually "open" with a colostomy, all leading to a prolonged convalescence. When elective, this is usually laparoscopic and w/o a stoma; people are home in 2-3 days and back to work in 2-3 weeks. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: There are no known specific causes of diverticulitis. Diet does not seem to play a role. A high fiber diet is recommended though not proven beneficial. The commonly heard advice to avoid small undigestible foods (such as nuts and seeds) because they may theoretically become lodged in a diverticulum is completely unproven and is probably little more than an old wives' tale. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How do u get diverticulitis, how do u know if u need surgery to cure it? What happens during surgery, how does it cure it?
Infection: Small out-pouches form on the outside of the colon, most often in the left lower abdomen. Infection of these pouches is diverticulitis. Prevent by eating high fiber foods, avoid junk foods, avoid constipation, drink plenty of liquids, take fiber supplements such as metamucil. Surgery to remove part of the colon is only for multiple episodes of recurrent infections, colon stricturing, bleeding. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bad/Not-So-Bad: Diverticulosis is the condition where little pockets form on the colon at natural weak points. This is very common in the western world, presumably secondary to our diet, and increases with age. Diverticulitis is the condition where one of these pockets ruptures, leading to the release of intestinal contents into the abdominal cavity, causing (sometimes severe) inflammation and pain. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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