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.

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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...

Need help with diet for diverticulitis and gallstones?

Will differ. Gallstones cause symptoms when they block the function of the gallbladder after eating fatty foods. Thus avoiding fatty foods like fried and high fat foods may be helpful. For diverticulitis, the blockage of diverticular sac openings is the root cause for inflammation. Avoiding constipation by eating more fiber and drinking more water, and to exercise more frequently. Read more...
Low fat high fiber. Diverticulitis need to be on high fiber diet. Metamucil or any other fiber supplement daily and gallstones if symptomatic showed have laparoscopic gallbladder removal. If not able to have surgery, then low fat diet to decrease the chance of gallbladder attack. Read more...

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...
Maybe. But if you eat high fiber and drink plenty of fluids, avoid constipation, this will reduce the likelihood of diverticulitis. If you have diverticulosis without infection it will not go away but the above rec's will help you to remain symptom free. Read more...
It could. High fiber diet is one of the best ways to prevent diverticular disease. You also need to have adequate fluids as well, so that the fiber will form a bulky stool that is soft and easy to pass, thereby minimizing constipation, and straining. Read more...

What is a "low residue" diet for diverticulitis, and will it increase my chances of getting colon cancer later in life?

No. A low fiber diet is used to treat acute diverticulitis and is low in fiber foods such as grains, fruits, vegetables. It is only used for a finite period of time to allow healing of the inflammation. I high fiber diet is recommended for diverticulosi and may have protective features regarding colon cancer prevention. Read more...