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How can I prevent diverticulitis?

How can I prevent diverticulitis?

Fiber: There are many dietary recommendations that have been widely disseminated (things to avoid, etc), but recent studies have found no basis for those recommendations. The one thing that has been shown to prevent a second episode of diverticulitis (once someone has has a first episode) is to take a tablespoon of fiber supplementation (phyllium) daily. ...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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How much Metamucil to prevent diverticulitis?

How much Metamucil to prevent diverticulitis?

If you eat: Adequate fiber in your diet, ie fruits vegetables salads, whole grains, don't waste your money on metamucil or other fiber substitutes and don't forget to drink 80-100 oz of caffeine free/alcohol free fluid daily. Fluid is necessary for fiber to work properly. Even so this will not prevent 100% of the cases of diverticulitis but it will reduces your chances. ...Read more

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How can diverticulitis be prevented?

How can diverticulitis be prevented?

It can't : There are no proven strategies known to prevent diverticulitis. The cause (pathogenesis) of diverticulitis is an area of active research. Avoiding seeds, nuts, etc has been unfounded and no longer recommended. Fiber is recommended more for prevention of diverticulosis rather than diverticulitis. ...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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Diverticulis - what sort of diet would effectively prevent diverticulosis? (assuming that diverticuli are present in the colon)

Diverticulis - what sort of diet would effectively prevent diverticulosis? (assuming that diverticuli are present in the colon)

High fiber.: Sorry to break it to you, but of you have diverticuli already, then you have diverticulosis. A high fiber diet will lessen the number of diverticuli in your future and will hopefully reduce the episodes of bleeding and infection. ...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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Is diverticulitis serious?

Is diverticulitis serious?

Possibly: Diverticulitis is inflammation of the large bowel (also known as the colon). The inflammation results from simple infection to catastrophic perforation with leakage of contents into the abdomen. Most patients experience very minimal symptoms and are easily treated with antibiotics. However, some patients present with life-threatening symptoms, requiring hospitalization and emergency surgery. ...Read more

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Can you die from diverticulitis?

Can you die from diverticulitis?

It is rare: Diverticulitis has various potential complications which ranges from minor infection which responds well to oral antibiotics, to severe infection and peritonitis caused by spillage of stool from colon into the abdominal cavity. In severe cases it usually needs surgery and in these cases patient may end up having a colostomy. These days it is so rare to die from diverticulitis. ...Read more

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