High-fiber for preventing diverticulosis challenged

Published: July, 2012

Has your doctor suggested a high-fiber diet to prevent diverticular disease? A study in Gastroenterology suggests that advice may not have the promised payoff.

In diverticulosis, small pouches (diverticula) develop and bulge out through weak spots in the walls of the colon. About 40% of men and women develop diverticulosis by age 60. The diverticula usually do not cause any symptoms, but about a third of people develop more serious forms of the disease. These include diverticulitis (infected and inflamed diverticula) and diverticular bleeding.

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