Colon Diverticulitis 2018-02-14T14:59:59+00:00

GENERAL SURGERY

Colon Diverticulitis

Diverticulitis is a result of developing diverticulosis (pouches formed in the walls of your intestine that have no signs of inflammation). When pouches form in the walls of your colon and become inflamed or infected, it can be very painful. Doctors aren’t sure what causes diverticulitis, but the evidence shows that a low-fiber, high-fat diet can play a large role in its development. If you are not adding any fiber to your diet, your stool does not have enough bulkiness and your colon has to work harder than normal to push your stool out of your rectum. The pressure from this extra effort can cause pouches to form in these damaged areas of your colon. Bacteria grow in these pouches and cause inflammation.

In the United States, fifty percent of adults over the age of sixty have or have had diverticulosis. Around twenty percent of those adults develop diverticulitis. People who live in countries with a low fiber diet and high red meat consumption (such as the U.S. and other developed nations) are more likely to get diverticulitis; it is rarely an issue in countries that have a high-fiber diet that is rich in vegetables.

Fiber is extremely necessary for your body to properly digest your food. The healthy functioning of your digestive tract can help you feel full and stay fit and healthy. Not having enough fiber can lead to:

  • Constipation
  • Elevated Levels of Cholesterol and Sugar in your Blood
  • Hemorrhoids

Having too much fiber can lead to:

  • Bowel Obstruction
  • Dehydration
  • Diarrhea

The standard healthy amount of fiber required each day is 25 grams. Remember, if you are increasing your fiber intake, it is imperative that you also increase your water intake. Here are some versatile, high fiber foods:

  • Berries
  • Bran
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Celery
  • Leafy Greens
  • Oranges
  • Squash
  • Mushrooms

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