Prevention Measures Diverticulitis
- Diverticulitis occurs when small pouches, called diverticula, bulge outward through weak spots in the colon, large intestine.
- The sacs form when pressure builds up inside the colon, usually because of constipation.
- Most people who have diverticulitis never feel discomfort or show symptoms.
- The most likely cause of diverticulitis is a low-fiber diet because it increases constipation and pressure within the colon.
- For most people who have diverticulitis, eating a high-fiber diet is the only treatment required.
- You can increase your fiber prevention by eating the following foods: bread and whole grains; fruits, such as apples and peaches; vegetables, such as broccoli, kale, spinach, carrots, asparagus and zucchini; and starchy vegetables, such as kidney beans and lima beans.
- Diverticulosis occurs when the pouches become infected or irritated, causing pain and tenderness around the left side of the lower abdomen.
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