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Definition of Fiber and bowel disorders

Fiber and bowel disorders: High fiber diets help delay the progression of diverticulosis and, at least, reduce the bouts of diverticulitis. In many cases, it helps reduce the symptoms of the Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) (also called spastic colitis, mucus colitis, and nervous colon syndrome.) It is generally accepted that a diet high in fiber is protective, or at least reduces the incidence, of colon polyps and colon cancer. A high fiber diet may unfortunately also cause gas and bloating

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Last Editorial Review: 9/20/2012

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