Diverticular Disease And Diverticulitis

 Diverticular Disease And Diverticulitis

    Diverticula is the medical term used to describe the small bulges that stick out of the side of the large intestine (colon).

Diverticula are common and associated with ageing. It is thought the pressure of hard stools (poo) passing through the large intestine that has become weakened with age causes the bulges to form.

    It is estimated that half of people have diverticula by the time they are 50 years old, and 70% of people have them by the time they are 80 years old.The majority of people with diverticula will not have any symptoms; this is known as Diverticular disease.

   One in four people who develop diverticula will experience symptoms such as abdominal painarrow-10x10.png. Having symptoms associated with diverticula is known as diverticular disease.

   Diverticulitis describes infection that occurs when bacteria becomes trapped inside one of the bulges, triggering more severe symptoms.

Diverticulitis can lead to complications such as an abscess inside the intestine.

What causes diverticula, and how do diverticula form?

The muscular wall of the colon grows thicker with age, although the cause of this

 thickening is unclear. It may reflect the increasing pressures required by the colon to

 eliminate feces. For example, a dietarrow-10x10.png low in fiber can lead to small, hard stools which are

 difficult to pass and which require increased pressure to pass. The lack of fiber and

 small stools also may allow segments of the colon to close off from the rest of the

 colon when the colonic muscle in the segment contracts. The pressure in these

 closed-off segments may become high since the increased pressure cannot dissipate

 to the rest of the colon. Over time, high pressures in the colon push the inner

 intestinal lining outward (herniation) through weak areas in the muscular walls. These

 pouches or sacs that  develop are called diverticula.

Lack of fiber in the diet is considered the most likely cause of diverticula, and there is a

 good correlation among societies around the world between the amount of fiber in the

 diet and the prevalence of diverticula. Many patients with diverticular disease have

 excessive thickening of the muscular wall of the colon where the diverticula form. The

muscle also contracts more strongly. These abnormalities of the muscle may be

 contributing factors in the formation of diverticula. Microscopic examination of the

 edges of the diverticula show signs of inflammationarrow-10x10.png, and it has been suggested that

there may be an inflammatory component to the formation of the  diverticula.

What causes diverticulitis (infection and inflammationarrow-10x10.png of a diverticulum)? 

Experts do not fully understand why diverticulitis - the infection of at least one

 diverticula - occurs. We do know that the bacteria in the stool rapidly multiply and

 spread, causing an infection. It is thought that a diverticulum becomes blocked,

 possibly by a piece of feces (piece of a stool), which could lead to infection. Some 

studies have indicated that genetics may be a factor.

The following may contribute to diverticulitis:

Low-fiber diet—Fiber softens stools and makes them pass through the bowel more easily Increased pressure in the bowel from straining to pass a hard stool

Defects in the colon wall

Risk Factors

Factors that increase your chance of getting diverticulitis include:

Eating a low-fiber dietarrow-10x10.png

Age: 50 or older

Previous episodes of diverticulitis

High-meat diet or high-protein diet

Chronic constipation



There's a fair bit of research being done to show that diverticular disease, and other

 inflammatory bowel diseases are caused by bacterial overgrowth in the large intestine. And what does bacteria feed on?? SUGAR!!

Get rid of the sugar, and the refined flours and grain products. It might be helpful also

 to avoid dairy products and cheese for a while too, since the small amounts of lactose can be an aggravating factor. 

From reading it shows that fungus,low fiber and inflammation plays a huge part !!! I would totally up the  Probioticsarrow-10x10.png and Fast Relief !!!!!

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