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What You Should Know About Diverticulosis
What You Should Know About Diverticulosis

What is Diverticulosis?

Diverticulosis is the formation of Diverticulum, or ‘pouches’ on the bowel. There are two causes: heredity and general wear and tear as we age. They grow as we age. Almost all Americans 80 years old will have formed them.

Why do diverticulum develop?

Diverticulosis does not form in areas of the world where high fiber diets are consumed.

They develop over years of ‘increased pressure’ within our large intestine. This pressure weakens the wall of the bowel, gradually pushing out ‘diverticulum’, or pouches. These pouches are thin, containing only part of the lining of the bowel. This leaves them more prone to ‘break’ or bleed.

What problems can diverticulum cause?

The overwhelming majority of us have no problems with diverticulosis. It is mild and causes no symptoms.

There are however, 3 problems that can develop:

  1. Perforation: The spillage of stool and bacteria into surrounding tissues creating infection. This is called Diverticulitis.
  2. Bleeding
  3. Chronic abdominal pain and irregularity

One ‘attack’ does not mean that you will have another.

Safety Tips:

  1. Develop an easy, effortless bowel movement.
  2. Call your family doctor immediately if symptom recur.
  3. Follow-up: You should schedule a colonoscopy and follow-up with your doctor if symptoms recur

Fiber Guide

* Experts recommend 35 grams of dietary fiber daily.

FOOD SERVING SIZE FIBER GRAMS / SERVING CALORIES / SERVING
VEGETABLES
Artichoke 1 globe 6.0 60
Asparagus 1/2 cup 2.0 25
Beans:
  - Green 1/2 cup 1.2 15
  - Kidney 1/2 cup 5.5 115
  - Lima 1/2 cup 6.0 85
  - Pinto 1/2 cup 7.5 120
  - White 1/2 cup 5.5 120
Beets 1/2 cup 1.6 40
Broccoli 1/2 cup 2.8 25
Cabbage 1/2 cup 2.0 15
Cabbage 1/2 cup 0.8 10
Carrots 1/2 cup 2.5 35
Cauliflower 1/2 cup 2.0 15
Cauliflower 1/2 cup 1.2 12
Celery 1/2 cup 1.0 10
Corn 1/2 cup 2.0 65
Cucumber 1/2 cup 0.4 7
Eggplant 1/2 cup 1.2 12
Green Peas 1/2 cup 4.5 60
Lettuce 1/2 cup 0.4 5
Onions 1/2 cup 1.5 30
Potato 1/2 cup 1.5 65
Spinach 1/2 cup 2.7 25
Tomato 1/2 cup 1.0 20
Zucchini 1/2 cup 1.2 15
FRUITS
Apple 1/2 cup 4.0 80
Apricots 1 cup 4.0 75
Banana 1 medium 3.0 105
Blackberries 1 cup 7.0 75
Blueberries 1 cup 4.0 80
Cantaloupe 1 cup 1.2 55
Grapefruit 1 medium 3.0 80
Grapes 1 cup 1.5 115
Orange 1 medium 3.0 60
Pear 1 medium 4.0 100
Pineapple 1 cup 2.0 75
Plums 1 medium 1.0 35
Prunes 1 cup 11.5 375
Raspberries 1 cup 8.5 60
Strawberries 1 cup 3.5 45
Watermelon 1 slice 1.0 50
GRAIN PRODUCTS AND NUTS:
Breads:
  - French 1 slice 1.0 70
  - Rye 1 slice 1.5 70
  - White 1 slice 0.5 70
  - Whole Wheat 1 slice 2.0 70
Cereal:
  - Bran 1oz (28gm) 10.0 70
  - Corn Flakes 1oz (28gm) 1.0 110
  - Oat Bran 1oz (28gm) 4.0 70
  - Oatmeal 1oz (28gm) 3.0 110
  - Shredded Wheat 1oz (28gm) 3.0 100
Crackers:
  - Graham  1 square 0.1 30
  - Saltine  1 regular 0.1 15
Rice:
  - Brown  1/2 cup 2.0 110
  - White 1/2 cup 0.5 100
Spaghetti 2 oz / (57gm) 2.0 225
Almonds 1/2 cup 6.5 350
Peanuts 1/2 cup 6.0 390
IMPORTANT TIP: The ideal bowel movement comes the moment you sit, without pain, straining or bleeding. It's completed within seconds, and is easy to clean.
MEDITOONS™ ARE DESIGNED TO BE USED IN CONSULTATION WITH YOUR PHYSICIAN. THEY ARE NOT DESIGNED TO ENCOURAGE SELF-DIAGNOSIS OR TREATMENT. PLEASE CHECK WITH A PHYSICIAN PROMPTLY IF YOU SUSPECT YOU ARE ILL.
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