How common is Diverticulitis?
10% of people over the age of 40 have diverticulitis. 50% of people over the age of 60 have this disease.
Symtoms of Diverticulitis
Coping with Diverticulitis
Steps in Preventing Diverticulitis
• Stay away from fatty foods
• Drink a lot of water
At home- Rest and consume a liquid diet for a few days so the infection can heal
Antibiotics help kill bacteria
Hospitalization- Severe attacks may require hospitalization for intravenous antibiotics
Surgery may be recommended if the diverticulitis is recurring or something (ex. an abscess) was caused by the diverticulitis
How does Diverticulitis start and develop?
Doctors do not know why diverticulitis starts. Low fiber may play a part because low fiber can cause constipation and when you’re constipated, your muscles strain. Straining may cause the pouches to form.
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