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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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Dr. Arthur Heller
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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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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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Recovering from diverticulitis attack still have to be on low fiber diet but at the same time afraid of constipation what can I do?

Diverticulitis: Hello and Welcome to HealthTap, I would suggest continuing the high fiber diet, increasing water intake to 6-8 glasses of water (if no contraindication). Use Metamucil on daily basis & walk or exercise if possible. Try avoiding foods with seeds to avoid inflammation of the diverticuli, once your acute phase is over you would benefit from colonoscopy at least 6 weeks after the episode. Thank you ...Read more

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I've had diverticulitis for 3 weeks low fiber diet and 3 rounds of antibiotics only little improvement taking lots of fluids any other suggestions?

I've had diverticulitis for 3 weeks low fiber diet and 3 rounds of antibiotics only little improvement taking lots of fluids any other suggestions?

Is diagnosis correct: I have taken care of patients with diverticulitis in their 30's but is uncommon. Was diagnosis made with CT scan? The usual protocol is to confirm diagnosis with CT if not pregnant and treat with appropriate antibiotics and low residue diet. If no improvement either change oral antibiotics or go into hospital for IV antibiotics and gut rest. Repeat scan 10-14 days if still no improvement ...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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My boyfriend was diagnosed with diverticulitis 7 years ago and he has been taking multiple fiber pills daily. Should i be worried?

My boyfriend was diagnosed with diverticulitis 7 years ago and he has been taking multiple fiber pills daily. Should i be worried?

Probably not: Diverticulitis is an infection in the small out pouches of the colon wall. It can be very mild, responding to oral antibiotics, or it can be quite serious, requiring emergent surgery. If he was diagnosed 7 years ago and has not had additional attacks, there is little to be concerned about. In the absence of an acute attack or any complications of a previous episodes, fiber is a good thing. ...Read more

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I have untreated diverticulitis, and urogenital problems due to 3rd/4th degree episiotomies. No insurance, can I use fiber in the meantime?

I have untreated diverticulitis, and urogenital problems due to 3rd/4th degree episiotomies. No insurance, can I use fiber in the meantime?

Generally yes: Increasing your fiber and water intake is very appropriate with diverticulosis/itis. Not knowing what your other urogenital problems are I am not sure how to answer in relation to those issues. ...Read more

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