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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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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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Anyone know what is a high fiber diet for those suffering from diverticulitus?

Anyone know what is a high fiber diet for those suffering from diverticulitus?

Diverticulitis: Diverticulitis is an active infection of small pouches on the colon that needs proper antibiotics and light low fiber diet during the infection. For non-infected diverticulosis, high fiber diet is recommended with fruits, vegetables, metamucil and plenty of water to drink (avoid junk food, white bread, white rice, pasta, greasy burgers & fries, etc.). ...Read more

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Please suggest what foods do you recommend for a high fiber diet?

Please suggest what foods do you recommend for a high fiber diet?

Prune: For real advise....See a dietitian. Your caloric need, food habits, liking and dislikes, food allergy, medical problem ..........All have to be in the equation. Pmd will be a good start also. In general all fruits and vegetables give u fiber. ...Read more

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Is it safe to lose weight by going on a high fiber diet?

Is it safe to lose weight by going on a high fiber diet?

Yes: If u replace your high caloric food with low caloric substitute and try to burn more calories, avoid medications which causes weight gain. ...Read more

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Is a high fiber diet and exercise good for losing weight?

Is a high fiber diet and exercise good for losing weight?

Yes: To lose weight you need to achieve negative caloric balance, i.E, burn more calories that you take in. High fiber diet and exercise should help. ...Read more

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How does a high fiber diet compare to a regular but healthy diet?

How does a high fiber diet compare to a regular but healthy diet?

Same thing: A fiber-enriched diet is a healthy diet, as referenced to weight management, cholesterol management, and for GI health--e.g. 25grams daily of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and/or commercial fiber supplements. I'm curious... What's your definition of a "regular but healthy diet" without fiber? ...Read more

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What are the best foods to eat for a high fiber diet & anemia?

Normal diet.: Fiber is not needed to prevent anemia. Most anemias are caused by iron deficiency, especially in young women. Iron rich foods are red meat, dark green leafy vegetables, raisins and liver. The other nturients needed are B12 (mainly animal products) and Folic Acid (vegetables, fruits, nuts, fortified cereals and grains). ...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