Diverticular Disease

What Causes Diverticular Disease?

In order to deal properly with diverticular disease we need to understand and — if possible — remove the underlying causes and risk factors.  We need to ask: "What else is going on inside the body that might allow diverticular disease to develop?"

Diagnose your symptoms now!
  • understand what's happening to your body
  • have a doctor review your case (optional)
  • learn what you should be doing right now

Accurate diagnosis of the factors behind diverticular disease consists of three steps:

Step 1: List the Possible Causative Factors

Identify all disease conditions, lifestyle choices and environmental risk factors that can lead to diverticular disease.  Here are three possibilities:
  • Mercury Toxicity
  • Constipation
  • Inadequate Fiber Intake

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

Identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
deep-fried food consumption
cold sores
gums that bleed easily
preauricular node problems
diminished perspiration
occasionally feeling unusually cold
severe constipation
very late puberty onset
dairy product consumption
occasional painful urge to defecate
regular sore throats
cysts in breasts
... and more than 30 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of diverticular disease:
Cause Probability Status
Inadequate Fiber Intake 92% Confirm
Mercury Toxicity 17% Unlikely
Constipation 4% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate bowel problems, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Have you been diagnosed with Diverticular Disease?
Possible responses:
→ Don't know
→ No, it has been ruled out within the past 2 years
→ It is suspected
→ Confirmed 1 or 2 pockets
→ Confirmed 3 or more pockets
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate absence of diverticular disease, suspected diverticular disease or diverticular disease, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Concerned or curious about your health?  Try The Analyst™
Symptom Entry
Symptom Entry
Full Explanations
Optional Doctor Review
Review (optional)