Health Tip: If You Have Diverticular Disease
-- Diverticular disease occurs when small sacs, called diverticula, develop in the large intestine.
The American Academy of Family Physicians offers more information about diverticular disease:
- Often, diverticular disease occurs from insufficient dietary fiber.
- This lack of fiber leads to harder stools and constipation. These conditions can put pressure on the intestinal walls, leading to the development of small sacs.
- The disease occurs in both men and women, most often in people older than 40.
- Treatment for diverticular disease may include getting more dietary fiber, drinking plenty of fluids, and exercising regularly to help prevent future problems.
Posted: December 2010