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 pain. 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 diet 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 inflammation, and it has been suggested that
there may be an inflammatory component to the formation of the diverticula.
What causes diverticulitis (infection and inflammation 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
Factors that increase your chance of getting diverticulitis include:
Eating a low-fiber diet
Age: 50 or older
Previous episodes of diverticulitis
High-meat diet or high-protein diet
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 Probiotics and Fast Relief !!!!!
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