Diverticulosis is a serious problem as it can escalate over a period of time. It is basically a disease of the intestines in which tiny sacs are created which start accumulating toxins and wastes. However it has been found that fiber can help those who are likely to suffer from diverticulosis. Hence it is important that you consume more fiber. Those who remain constipated, for example many ladies during pregnancy, are more likely to suffer from this disease. Here is an article by By Dr. Pamela Tronetti for Florida Today on this topic.
I am not a very good speller.
With practice, I’ve managed to distinguish desert from dessert. But I still struggle with stationary and stationery.
I’m comfortable with medical terminology, thanks to six years of Latin and two years of ancient Greek.
But the one medical term that vanquishes me is diverticulosis. Not only does the proper spelling elude me, I even stumble over the pronunciation. It trips off my tongue like Jerry Lewis falling down a flight of steps.
When even your doctor can’t pronounce what is wrong with you, it does not inspire much confidence.
The name comes from the Latin divertere: to turn aside. The word divert comes from this, and a Roman side road was a diverticulum.
Diverticulosis describes a syndrome in which small pouches develop on the walls of the colon (large intestine). A single pouch is a diverticulum; multiple pouches are diverticula.
The most widely accepted theory is that diverticulosis is caused in part by our low-fiber Western diet. The research supporting this theory was published in 1972. The study compared the effect of different diets on stool transit time, as well as the amount of stool produced.
They discovered that in British subjects, the transit time from food to stool was 80 hours, and the average weight of the stool was about 110 grams per day. In rural Ugandans, the transit time was 34 hours and they passed 450 grams of stool per day.
Most of the stool weight difference was from roughage, or plant fiber, which was plentiful in the African diet and lacking in the typical English fare.
Researchers postulated that the low-fiber diet resulted in slow-moving stool, which stretched the bowel wall and caused weak spots to form. These weak spots then developed into diverticula.
Today, a high-fiber diet is recommended for the treatment and prevention of diverticulosis. In younger folks (50 and younger), that means 25 grams of fiber per day for women and 38 grams for men. After age 51, the goal is 21 grams for women and 30 grams for men.
But to continue our spelling lesson, itis is a suffix added to words to denote inflammation and/or infection. Think tonsillitis and appendicitis.
Diverticulitis is inflamed and/or infected diverticula.
Traditionally, we recommended that people who are prone to diverticulitis refrain from eating nuts, seeds, corn and berries. This was based on the concern that these items would become lodged in a diverticulum, resulting in inflammation and infection.
In 2012, the American College of Gastroenterology reviewed the literature and felt that there was no data to support this dietary ban. While these foods are no longer restricted, many people still avoid them, especially those who have had flares in the past.
Diverticulitis can range from a mild case that just requires a clear liquid or bland diet and antibiotics to severe cases requiring hospitalization, intravenous antibiotics and surgery.
Many people have diverticulosis and do not even know it. It is often discovered during a routine colonoscopy or a CAT scan of the abdomen.
Find out if you have diverticulosis and talk to your health care professional about diet, prevention and the warning signs of diverticulitis.
No matter how you spell it, diverticulosis is a common, chronic condition that affects millions of Americans. And if you have it, you don’t have to desert your dessert — just add some fiber. I’d like to write more, but I have been stationary for too long. Besides, I am almost out of stationery.
Dr. Pamela Tronetti, a member of the Parrish Medical Group, is an osteopathic physician who specializes in geriatric medicine. Although she writes on a variety of topics, her practice focuses on people of advanced age, and patients with dementia.
Article Source – http://www.floridatoday.com/story/life/wellness/2014/08/06/low-fiber-diet-batters-bowel/13624405/