November 26, 2015

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Diverticulitis (Diverticulosis,
Diverticular Disease)

Is there a special diet or digestive supplement that can treat or prevent diverticulitis symptoms?

Once formed, diverticula are permanent. No treatment has been shown to prevent complications of diverticular disease.

Diet: Diets high in fiber increase stool bulk and prevent constipation, and theoretically may help prevent further diverticula formation or worsening of the diverticular condition. Some doctors recommend avoiding nuts, corn, and seeds, which are thought by some to plug diverticular openings and cause diverticulitis, but there is little evidence to support this recommendation.

Probiotics: Because inflammation has been found at the edges of diverticula, it has been speculated that colonic bacteria may be playing a role in the rupture of diverticula by promoting inflammation. This has led some people to further speculate that changing the bacteria in the colon might reduce inflammation and rupture and to suggest treatment with probiotics; however, there is not enough evidence of a benefit of probiotics yet to recommend treatment with probiotics of patients with diverticular disease. Continue Reading

Reviewed on 1/14/2015
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