Harvard Men's Health Watch

That pain in your side could be diverticular disease

Developing pouchlike structures in the colon wall is known as diverticulosis. This condition is usually harmless. But in up to a quarter of people with diverticulosis, the pouches can become inflamed, get infected, or bleed, a problem known as diverticulitis. Getting adequate dietary fiber helps prevent flare-ups of infection or bleeding. Add fiber gradually as either fiber-rich foods or a supplement, and drink plenty of water with it. If diverticulitis flares up, seek medical care promptly.
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