We often experience abdominal pain, especially if we overeat or are under stress; However if the symptoms are frequent, it might be time for you to visit your family doctor for any underlying condition that you may have. For people in their 40s, one of the common health problems facing them is diverticulitis. Diverticulitis is a condition where pouches or diverticula are formed in the lining of the intestinal wall. For some people, a mild case may be treated with rest, lifestyle modification, and antibiotics. That said, persistent symptoms would mean a different treatment or even surgery for the patient involved.
Signs and symptoms
People who have diverticula in their lining experience no pain at all; However some people, especially if the diverticulum is inflamed, may experience nausea, fever, constipation / diarrhea and tenderness on the left side of the abdomen.
The cause of the diverticula is unknown. Some speculate that there are some weak spots in the colon area, which gives way when put under pressure and the risk increases as you get older. Apart from aging, the condition also affects smokers, use of certain medications, sedentary lifestyle and consumption of foods rich in animal fat but lower in fiber content.
The best diet for people with diverticulitis
Patients with mild case of diverticulitis can benefit greatly from modifying their food intake, including switching to a diet that is rich in fiber. Fiber is ideal as it helps the body waste to move past the intestine and colon area quickly.
Examples of high-fiber foods include starchy foods with high fiber content, such as brown rice, pasta, pita bread, whole wheat bread, naan, and whole wheat flour. One can also include breakfast cereals such as muesli, porridge, crushed wheat, and bran to the diet. Vegetables that are rich in fiber include potatoes, carrots, beans, peas and even Brussels sprouts. Walnuts are also rich in fiber and once were not included in the diet since the small seeds could be trapped in the bags; However there was no scientific evidence and as such are also included in the diet. Almonds, mixed walnuts and regular peanuts have high fiber content.
In some cases, the doctor may also recommend a liquid diet, especially if one experiences an attack. A clear liquid diet may consist of broth or broth intake, gelatin, ice cream with fruit or nuts, water and tea or coffee.
The information provided is for informational purposes only, and should not be used or relied upon for diagnostic or treatment purposes. This information is not intended to be an education for the patient, does not create a doctor-patient relationship and should not be used as a substitute for professional diagnosis and treatment.