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Will having a high fiber diet prevent diverticulitis and diverticulitis?

Will having a high fiber diet prevent diverticulitis and diverticulitis?

To some degree: Fiber supplementation has been shown to reduce the likelihood of episodes of diverticulitis, but not completely prevent them. ...Read more

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Diet (Definition)

refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...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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Can i eat a low fiber diet or a high fiber diet with leaky gut?

Can i eat a low fiber diet or a high fiber diet with leaky gut?

High fiber: Eat a high fiber diet. A high fiber diet contains more vitamins and antioxidants than a low residue diet. Good luck! ...Read more

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Do I eat a low fiber diet or a high fiber diet if leaky gut?

Do I eat a low fiber diet or a high fiber diet if leaky gut?

High fiber helpful: Healthy intestinal flora break down fiber to produce short chain fatty acids like butyric acid, which are essential for healing a leaky gut, so a high fiber diet, along with probiotics/prebiotics will generally help. It is also necessary to treat the causes of the leaky gut by treating parasites, yeast and unfriendly bacteria and avoiding allergenic foods and alcohol and anti-inflammatory drugs. ...Read more

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Diabetic, to balance blood sugars, do I eat a low fiber diet or a high fiber diet?

Diabetic, to balance blood sugars, do I eat a low fiber diet or a high fiber diet?

High fiber: Low glycemic food (rich in fiber) is recommended for all and particularly for those living with diabetes. Fiber delays glucose absorption and minimizes rapid glucose excursion which can mismatch Insulin rise (via injection/bolus). You also should know that fiber is not accounted for when you calculate your carb intake before administering insulin. ...Read more

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Is a high fiber diet beneficial for weight loss?

Is a high fiber diet beneficial for weight loss?

Yes: To lose weight you need to get into negative caloric balance, i.e., burn more calories than you take in. High fiber diet and exercise will help. ...Read more

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I have moderate diverticulosis, gastritis, celiac disease, and lactose intolerance. How do increase fiber in my diet besides taking Metamucil?

I have moderate  diverticulosis, gastritis, celiac disease, and lactose intolerance. How do increase fiber in my diet besides taking Metamucil?

Look at various : Look at various products. Google gluten-free fiber. You will find products like Citrucel, A whole prior your products from vibrant and so forth. As your own detective you will be able to find the product you're looking for ...Read more

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Can a high fiber diet protect against appendicitis?

Can a high fiber diet protect against appendicitis?

Not absolutely: Appendicitis happens when the inside becomes blocked. The specific cause of that blockage is not well understood. A diet high in fiber will make blockages from hard stool LESS likely, but can't get rid of the possibility. ...Read more

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Is a good high fiber diet helpful is you have high cholesterol?

Absolutely: A high fiber diet can be helpful both alone and in combination with certain medications. Fiber helps to prevent the dietary absorption of cholesterol and also improves glucose metabolism which in turn increases the size of your cholesterol particles (a good thing). Your best bet is soluble fiber to maximize these benefits. ...Read more

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Will a low fiber diet contribute to my hemorrhoids?

Will a low fiber diet contribute to my hemorrhoids?

Definately: There are other factors such as genetics, hobbies like cycling, pregnancy, jobs that involve sitting and lifting, but bowel regularity is the most common reason for hemorrhoids in america. Hemorrhoids are a result of the pressure that builds up in the abdomen for any of the above reasons. If you can decrease that pressure by fiber and regular bowel habits, you can prevent hemorrhoids. ...Read more

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Is there solid science behind low fat/high fiber diet to lower risk of colon cancer for ulcerative colitis patients? Anything else preventative?

Is there solid science behind low fat/high fiber diet to lower risk of colon cancer for ulcerative colitis patients? Anything else preventative?

I am not aware: of such data. It is generally accepted that risk of malignancy is proportional to duration of active colitis, so it follows that it is most important to keep the disease under control as much as possible. Confer with your gi specialist for specific advice in your case. ...Read more

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How the high fat diet and low fiber diet considered as a risk factor of colorectal cancer ?

How the high fat diet and low fiber diet considered as a risk factor of colorectal cancer ?

Controversial: Various studies have yielded various results, as is common in epidemiology. It may still be "politically correct" to blame meat-eating, low-fiber, high-fat diets for colon cancer, but you also need to know that the hard-core studies have generally shown less of an effect than you may have been told. Don't forego screening -- no one's immune. ...Read more

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Is it good to eat high fiber diet daily?

Is it good to eat high fiber diet daily?

Yes: fruit and vegetables contain the fiber that is needed for good nutrition. ...Read more

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Low fiber diet--now dealing with constipation!?

Low fiber diet--now dealing with constipation!?

Fiber& constipation: If you are not on medications that cause constipation, like antidepressants, a low fiber diet can cause constipation. Solution, try to incorporate high fiber foods like whole-grain breads, cereals, pastas, fresh fruits, vegetables, and legumes such as beans and lentils.If you are female, you should eat 21-25 grams of fiber per day.If you are male, then you should eat about 30-38 grams of fiber a day! ...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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Does pebble sized stools indicated a low fiber diet?

Does pebble sized stools indicated a low fiber diet?

Yes, possibly...: Or you don't drink enough water. The antihistamine you are on could contribute also. Constipation is something that can cause many problems down the road--diverticulitis, bowel perforation. Best to always have a goal to never poop rocks or pebbles! i like MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) because it is safe (draws water into the colon), doesn't taste like anything (mix in any fluid), and doesn't cause rebound constipation. ...Read more

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Can eating a high fiber diet reduce symptoms of vascular conditions?

Can eating a high fiber diet reduce symptoms of vascular conditions?

Not related: However a healthy diet is recommended for patients with vascular disease. Ideal body weight, lower blood sugar, increased lean muscle are helpful in risk reduction for cardiovascular events. High fiber is the beginning of better diet. ...Read more

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Will a fiber rich diet help constipation?

Will a fiber rich diet help constipation?

Daily recommended: Dose is 25-30 gms a day. Besides fiber drink atleast 6-8 glasses of water and take a stool softener twice a day. Stay active and if this all doesnt help then see a GI doc for further workup. ...Read more

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2 yrs ago i was diagnosed with diverticulitis I am only 19, have been on a high fibre diet doc says i'm fine but the pain will not go away.

You have choices: Either your pain is from some other source or the diverticulitis is still active. You could ask your doc for more investigation and testing or get further antibiotics to treat it. Consider going to discuss issues with a surgeon or gastroenterologist (or both.). ...Read more

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Will having a high fiber diet prevent diverticulitis and diverticulitis?

To some degree: Fiber supplementation has been shown to reduce the likelihood of episodes of diverticulitis, but not completely prevent them. ...Read more

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Jan feb and mar 3 bouts of diverticulitis. High fiber diet daily. Help! It's ruining my life ? When is surgery required??? Please advise

Jan feb and mar 3 bouts of diverticulitis.  High fiber diet daily. Help! It's ruining my life ? When is surgery required??? Please advise

Persistent: Sounds like the diverticulitis has never fully healed. You may want to consider surgical therapy now to treat this once and for all. It's important to realize however, that one of the uncommon complications of surgery is the need for a temporary ostomy. While this risk is very low, it's not zero. See a colorectal specialist for a consultation. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I read high fiber diet can cause constipation and potentially anal fissures + diverticulitis from passing large stools. I recently passed large stools after starting 30g per day fiber. Should I worry?

I read high fiber diet can cause constipation and potentially anal fissures + diverticulitis from passing large stools. I recently passed large stools after starting 30g per day fiber. Should I worry?

Fiber + fluid: In order to avoid hard stools after starting an increase in fiber intake, increase water intake as well. Chronic passage of large hard stools can produce anal fissures and hemorroids, but it is not uncommon to pass a larger soft stool when initiating a higher fiber diet. ...Read more

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I'm on a low fibre diet for a few weeks after a diverticulitis attack still have running poo is this ok. I still on antibiotics?

I'm on a low fibre diet for a few weeks after a diverticulitis attack still have running poo is this ok. I still on antibiotics?

Yes: It is ok. You colon is still reacting and recovering from inflammation. This is a common finding. Things, however, to be careful for. It should not be worsening. No fevers/chills. If the runny stool is pure water, that is concerning. If it is so much that it can dehydrate you, that is concerning. Overall, if it is not slowly improving, see your doctor. If worse at any point, see your doctor. ...Read more

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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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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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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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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?

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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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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Is the diet the same for diverticulosis and for diverticulitis?

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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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What is a good diet for this pain full intestine problem from diverticulitis?

Depends: You are young to get diverticulitis. Have you had a diagnosis with colonoscopy or other test? Diverticulitis is an infection that needs treatment with antibiotics & can be a serious infection. Diverticulosis is having small pouches on the colon and is treated with high fiber diet, fruits & vegetables, add metamucil. ...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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On meds and liquid only diet for diverticulitis when should I introduce foods and metamucil?

On meds and liquid only diet for diverticulitis when should I introduce foods and metamucil?

You can you tolerate: Diverticulitis mystifies , same disease acts differently , some never know they had it , in some the first attack takes them to emergency surgery, in most it lingers in their whole life , the reason for varieties of opinion. Once the acute attack subsides try it as you can not stay on liquids for ever, speak to your doctor , persistent recurrent disease require surgery. ...Read more

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Is pork OK for diverticulitis attack, after solids have began. Is there a way to get a detailed diet list. Not just the generic short list.

Pork okay: The truth is that there is not a specific diet for diverticulitis. You can find some online but there is no evidence that anything in particular helps. If you know that certain food trigger attacks for you then you should avoid them, but other than that there is no good evidence for dietary restrictions. ...Read more

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Diverticulitis (Definition)

A condition in which one or more of the small pouches in the digestive tract ...Read more