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Doctor insights on: What To Eat When Recovering From Diverticulitis

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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.

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
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What food can I eat with diverticulitis?

What food can I eat with diverticulitis?

Most anything: There has been alot of misinformation as to how diet relates to diverticulitis. Limiting certain foods such as seeds, popcorn etc used to be common but no scientific evidence exists that these foods caues bouts of diverticulitis. Eat a high fiber diet, drink plenty of fluids and avoid constipation.

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How long time to recover from diverticulitis?

How long time to recover from diverticulitis?

Few weeks: Each person is different & have differing degrees of infection from diverticulitis. One should start feeling better in a few days, but may take a few weeks to get back to a normal high fiber diet with normal bowel movements. Would need to wait some weeks for healing before considering colonoscopy too, if it is indicated for your condition.

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How much time does it take to recover from diverticulitis?

How much time does it take to recover from diverticulitis?

Depends: On many factors as diverticulitis can be very minor and treated as an outpatient with diet modification, pain medications and oral antibiotics to as severe as life-threatening requiring surgery and life-support. In general, most persons get significantly better after several days of treatment initiation but may take several weeks till they feel close to normal.

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Is it okay to eat nuts if you've had diverticulitis attacks in the past?

Is it okay to eat nuts if you've had diverticulitis attacks in the past?

Controversial: While many gastroenterologist and other treating doctors still recommend to avoid eating seeds, nuts, popcorn, etc that may get "stuck" in diverticulae, there are multiple studies that suggest this isn't the case. Make of that what you will. A high fiber, vegetarian diet has been shown to be preventative.

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What to do if I am 33 and I was just treated for diverticulitis, what can I eat?

What to do if I am 33 and I was just treated for diverticulitis, what can I eat?

I generally: Treat diverticulitis with 14 days of antibiotics, a liquid diet until pain and fever and white blood cell count normalize, then a low fiber diet for a full 6 weeks to let colon heal. If you are having repeated episodes of diverticulitis you should consider elective surgery to remove this portion of your colon and avoid future severe attacks or complications.

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Can I eat salads if I have diverticulitis or diverticulosos?

Depends: Acute new onset of infected diverticulitis is treated with antibiotics and small light diet of liquids or soft foods. Diverticulosis is a chronic condition that is generally treated with high fiber foods. Fruits, vegetables & salads are good for diverticulosis.

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Can people with diverticulitis eat flaxseed?

Can people with diverticulitis eat flaxseed?

Depends: There are two schools of thought. And u guessed it, some say u can and others u can't! personally I feel that the biggest thing is formed soft bm. If ur stool is not hard, small pellets and u don't have to strain, eating seeds in moderation should b fine. Key is fiber fiber fiber and lots of water.

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Can I eat blueberries if I have diverticulitis?

Can I eat blueberries if I have diverticulitis?

No: Once you develop acute diverticulitis you should stop eating blueberries and other foods which contain significant amounts of fiber. With these symptoms you need a a clear liquid diet which does not leave residue for your colon to digest. Please consult further with a gastroenterologist. I wish you well with your health!

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Can you eat turkey sausage if you have diverticulitis?

Yes: If not dealing with a current attack, turkey sausage is fine. However, ensure that your diet has plenty of fiber and water in it to help soften and add bulk to stools. This will help them pass more easily.

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Is it ok to eat oatmeal after an attack of diverticulitis?

Not right away: Generally I recommend that for 2 weeks following a diverticulitis episode, my patients remain on a low residue diet. Which is a diet low in fiber. Oatmeal tends to have a high fiber content and I would only start that after 2 weeks.

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Can you eat sunflower seeds when you have diverticulitis?

Yes: It is a common misconception that you should avoid seeds or nuts with diverticulitis. There is excellent scientific evidence that seeds or nuts do not cause diverticulitis. In fact, these are forms of fiber that are beneficial in preventing diverticulosis and diverticulitis. I tell all my patients with a history of diverticulitis to eat nuts and seeds and not worry.

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Is it possible for me to eat meat if I have diverticulitis?

Is it possible for me to eat meat if I have diverticulitis?

Yes: It is clearly possible. Is it wise I think is what you are asking. Probably pursuing a low fat diet is best, so you can clearly eat meat and there are many choices that will stay in that low fat category. You might avoid most red meats for a while.

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I have diverticulitis. Can I eat strawberries, tomatoes, and nuts?

Probably: Diverticulitis occurs when a small pocket on the wall of the colon ruptures. We used to believe that any foods that can block the small opening of the diverticulum could precipitate diverticulitis, leading to the recommendation to avoid seeded fruits and vegetable and nuts. Nevertheless, no study has substantiated this claim. Therefore, it is probably fine to eat these foods.

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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!

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What is a healthy snack for diverticulitis since I can't eat seeds or nuts?

What is a healthy snack for diverticulitis since I can't eat seeds or nuts?

Food with Fiber: Most fruits and vegetables with fiber are good. Just seed containing foods like kiwi, tomato, peppers r not recommended unless carefully deseeded. Reason being, seeds can get trapped in the pockets of the diverticula setting up a focus for infection, inflammation.

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How much time does it usually take to recover after diverticulitis surgery?

4-6 weeks: Depending on whether the surgery is laparoscopic or open changes the recovery. Typically my patients are home after 4-5 days and back doing usual activity 3 weeks later. If the surgery was open - requiring an old fashioned incision - the stay is 5-7 days and it is 4-6 weeks of recovery.

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I had surgery for diverticulitis on 2003 - can I get this back? And can I eat strawberry seeds?

Yes it can recur: Surgery usually involves a resection of the part of the colon infected so that a recurrence can occur in another part of the colon. As far as diet is concerned the diverticular diet was devised in the 1920s and excluded all seeds, etc. (things that don't get digested) however in more recent years these things do not seem to be a cause of diverticulitis. In the 1920s a physician found a seed in the.

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Please suggest what food should you not eat to avoid getting diverticulitis after you have allready had it?

High fiber diet: There is no proven way to prevent a recurrent attack of diverticulitis. The old rule of avoiding nuts and seeds has been disproven. My experience tells me that avoiding constipation and eating a high fiber diet (such as oatmeal) or taking fiber supplements every day (such as benefiber or metamucil) may prevent recurrent attacks, but there is no guarantee.

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