Diverticular Disease

Definition of Diverticular Disease:

Some people develop small pouches (diverticula) that bulge outward through weak spots in the colon.  Diverticulosis is the condition of having these pouches; diverticulitis is an inflammation or infection in these pouches.  The conditions diverticulosis and diverticulitis are both referred to as diverticular disease.  Diverticulosis may not cause any symptoms but could include mild cramps, bloating and constipation – all of which are common to other conditions such as IBS or ulcers.  The most common symptoms of diverticulitis are abdominal pain and tenderness around the left side of the lower abdomen.  When infection is the cause, fever, nausea, vomiting, chills, cramping and constipation may also occur.

Also: Diverticulitis, Diverticulosis

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Colon Cleansing

...as a treatment
“...Counter-Indicators and Warnings: Colonic irrigation should not be used in people with diverticulitis, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, severe or internal hemorrhoids, tumors in the rectum or colon, or soon after bowel surgery...”

Digestive Habit Changes

...as a treatment
“...A high-fiber diet also helps prevent or treat certain conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, diverticulosis, and hemorrhoids...”
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Diverticular Disease

...the condition
“Alternative Names: Diverticulosis, Diverticulitis Diverticulosis is a condition whereby diverticula (small pouches) develop in the lining of the large intestine, extending into and through the muscular tissue surrounding the intestine...”
...recommendation High/Increased Fiber Diet
“A high fiber diet can help relieve symptoms for most people with diverticulosis...”
...recommendation Aerobic Exercise
“In one of the few studies that have been done, the most active men had a 37% lower risk of symptomatic diverticular disease than the least active men...”

Endometriosis

...the condition
“...Because symptoms are so inconsistent and non-specific, it can easily masquerade as several other conditions, including adenomyosis, appendicitis, ovarian cysts, bowel obstructions, colon cancer, diverticulitis, fibroid tumors, gonorrhea, inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, ovarian cancer, and pelvic inflammatory disease...”

Hemorrhoids

...the condition
“...Finally, with full westernization of the diet, ischemic heart disease, diverticular disease, hiatal hernia, and cancer become prominent...”
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High/Increased Fiber Diet

...as a treatment
“...Fiber is important in the prevention of constipation, diverticulosis, colon polyps, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, appendicitis, hiatal hernia, peptic ulcer disease and probably colon cancer...”

Increased Fruit/Vegetable Consumption

...as a treatment
“...Fruit and vegetables also play a preventive role in birth defects, cataract formation, hypertension, asthma, diverticulosis, obesity and diabetes...”

Liver Abscess

...the condition
“...It is relatively rare, affects mainly the elderly, and is often caused by bacteria spreading through the blood from nearby abdominal structures such as the appendicitis, intestines (diverticulitis), or bile ducts...”

Peritonitis

...the condition
“...Hospitalization is common and may be necessary to rule out other causes of peritonitis such as appendicitis and diverticulitis...”

Vinegar

...as a treatment
“...For indigestion, gastric reflux, IBS, bad breath, diverticulitis, fatty liver, lactose intolerance, allergies, fatigue...”

Vitamin B-Complex

...as a treatment
“...B-complex has been shown to be beneficial in the following conditions ... Diverticulitis...”
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