How does diverticular disease affect daily life?

People with diverticulosis may only experience symptoms and complications when they have an acute attack of diverticulitis. 
 
Some things that people with diverticulosis can do to prevent an attack of diverticulitis include:
 
  • Drink plenty of fluids: This can help to prevent constipation and make the waste in one’s colon softer. 
  • Eat enough fiber: Foods that are high in fiber help waste soften and pass through the colon faster which decreases pressure in the digestive tract. Examples of high fiber foods include fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. 
  • Exercising regularly decreases pressure inside the colon and promotes normal bowel function. Exercising for 30 minutes a day can be extremely beneficial to one’s digestive health. 
  • Limit eating red meat and excessive amounts of animal fat

 

When acute attacks of diverticulitis occur one may need to consume an all liquid diet that gradually incorporates solid foods. Diverticulitis can cause painful and unpleasant symptoms and may even require hospitalization.

 
 
Potential complications of diverticulitis include:
 
  • Abscess formation occurring when puss develops on diverticula pouches
  • Scarring causing blockage in the colon or small intestine 
  • Fistula (abnormal passageway) formation between sections of the bowel or between the bowel and bladder
  • Peritonitis can happen if an infected/inflame diverticula pouch ruptures. When this happens, intestinal contents spill into the abdominal cavity. This is a medical emergency. 
 
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Sources
  • "Diverticulitis." Mayo Clinic. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 07 Aug. 2014. Web. 21 Sep. 2017.
  • “Diverticular Disease.” National Institutes of Health U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. National Institue of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, n.d. Web. 21 Sep. 2017. 
  • “Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis.” National Institutes of Health U.S. National Library of Medicine. MedlinePlus, 11 May. 2017. Web. 21 Sep. 2017. 

 

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