What is Diverticulitis?
By Lisa Pecos
January 14, 2010
Diverticulitis is a condition that occurs when one (or more) of the diverticula in the digestive tract become infected or inflamed. The diverticula are tiny pouches that can develop in any part of the digestive system. They most commonly occur, however, in the large intestine.
When doctors discover that patients have diverticula, they are diagnosed as having diverticulosis. Many people actually have this condition and never know it because they are fortunate enough to never develop any associated problems. When problems do arise, the condition is then called diverticulitis.
In the past, doctors mistakenly believed that consuming foods such as corn, seeds, popcorn, and nuts led to the development of diverticulitis by becoming trapped in the diverticula. It has since been proven, however, that these foods do not contribute to the development of diverticulitis.
The risk factors that can contribute to the development of diverticulitis include:
Treatment for diverticulitis depends on the severity of symptoms. Mild symptoms can usually be treated with a low fiber or liquid diet and a course of antibiotics. For people with severe symptoms or who have a greater risk of complications, more advanced types of treatment may be necessary.
About Lisa Pecos: Lisa Pecos is a wife and well accomplished writer on natural remedies and natural approaches to family health. She firmly believes in healing naturally first, and if that doesn't work, to try western medicine. Many of her articles are recommended by parents which are used and valued by families all over the internet. She's written numerous articles for Natural Health Journals.com, Parenting Journals.com and Baby Care Journals.com.
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