FRIDAY, Aug. 9, 2019 (HealthDay Information) — Though colonoscopy screens for most cancers, it could additionally uncover a standard situation referred to as diverticulosis.
That is when a number of pockets develop within the colon wall, typically within the giant bowel. These pockets happen over time, probably from not getting sufficient fiber in your weight-reduction plan or consuming an excessive amount of pink meat. They’re so frequent that about 50% of individuals have them by age 50, in response to the American Gastroenterological Affiliation.
Issues can happen if a pocket will get contaminated, swollen and infected, which occurs to about 5% of individuals with diverticulosis. This situation is known as diverticulitis. “Assaults” of it could include ache within the decrease left stomach, fever, chills and modifications in stool. You may additionally expertise nausea and vomiting.
Therapy for diverticulitis typically facilities on a short-term low-fiber weight-reduction plan to quiet the digestive tract, and probably antibiotics to do away with the an infection.
Some folks get repeated assaults. There’s additionally the potential of creating a critical abscess in a pocket and needing surgical procedure to take away the affected part of gut if the harm is extreme.
However you possibly can take steps to decrease the danger for repeated assaults and issues.
After — and solely after — the an infection clears, slowly reintroduce fiber to your weight-reduction plan by consuming extra entire grains; legumes together with beans and lentils; greens; berries; fruits with edible skins; nuts and even popcorn. The objective is 25 grams of fiber a day for girls, 38 for males. Change at the very least some pink meat with poultry and fish. Vigorous cardiovascular train additionally affords some safety.
Additionally, ask your physician about any medicines that may increase your threat of a flare. These may embody nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication (NSAIDs) like aspirin or ibuprofen. Acetaminophen could also be safer for you.
These similar steps might assist forestall diverticulosis or cease it from progressing to diverticulitis.
The U.S. Division of Agriculture’s 2015-2020 Dietary Tips checklist high fiber sources.
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