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Does age play a role in diverticulitis and diverticulitis?

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 more

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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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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Can diverticulitis play a role in herniation of the colon?

Can diverticulitis play a role in herniation of the colon?

No.: These are two separate diagnoses. A hernia is a hole in the abdominal wall through which the colon may protrude, albeit rarely. Diverticulitis is inflammation of the colon brought about by the rupture of a diverticulum. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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?

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

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What is safe to eat with diverticulitis?

What is safe to eat with diverticulitis?

Generally: For acute diverticulitis, i recommend low to no fiber for 4-6 weeks following diagnosis and treatment with antibiotics. Then if surgery not indicated, you may slowly add fiber back into your diet. If you buy the right groceries and order the right food in restaurants i generally do not find fiber supplements necessary. ...Read more

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Can children get diverticulitis and diverticulitis?

Can children get diverticulitis and diverticulitis?

Yes: In fact many children are born with a large diverticulum called merckle's diverticulum that can get infected and gives symptoms like appendicitis in the other side of the abdomen around age 2 years old before or after. ...Read more

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What can I do to keep my diverticulitis from flaring up?

What can I do to keep my diverticulitis from flaring up?

Diet changes: Ideally if u avoid nuts, pop corns the chances of flare ups are less. But u need to also increase roughage to ur diet n more water intake. ...Read more

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Please explain which foods to avoid with diverticulitis?

Please explain which foods to avoid with diverticulitis?

Generally: For acute diverticulitis, i recommend low to no fiber for 4-6 weeks following diagnosis and treatment with antibiotics. Then if surgery not indicated, you may slowly add fiber back into your diet. If you buy the right groceries and order the right food in restaurants i generally do not find fiber supplements necessary. ...Read more

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Please explain what are some symptoms of diverticulitis?

Diverticulitis: Symptoms can include fever, chills , abdominal pain , obstruction. Best to be seen by your pcp, GI or surgical physician to help with treatment. ...Read more