What is Diverticulosis?
Diverticulosis is a form of diverticular disease, which occurs when diverticula, small pouches in the large intestinal (colonic) wall, are present. When these pouches arise in the colon and push through weak spots in the colon’s outer muscle layers, it’s called diverticulosis. Inflammation of these diverticula is called diverticulitis.
What are Symptoms of Diverticulosis?
Symptoms of diverticulosis include:
What Foods Should You Avoid If You Have Diverticulosis?
In the past, doctors often recommended people who had diverticulosis should avoid foods such as nuts, popcorn, and seeds because it was thought these particles could enter or block the diverticula. However, more recent research indicates these foods are not harmful and since they are high in fiber, they may help some patients. Each patient is different and people may find certain foods aggravate diverticulosis symptoms.
Common foods such as those low in fiber or high in sugar that may increase the risk of developing diverticulosis or trigger diverticulosis symptoms include:
- Red meats
- Processed meats
- Fried foods
- Full fat dairy products