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Health Tip: If You Have Diverticular Disease

Health Tip: If You Have Diverticular Disease


(HealthDay News) -- Diverticular disease occurs when small sacs, called diverticula, develop in the large intestine.

The American Academy of Family Physicians offers more information about diverticular disease:

  • Often, diverticular disease occurs from insufficient dietary fiber.
  • This lack of fiber leads to harder stools and constipation. These conditions can put pressure on the intestinal walls, leading to the development of small sacs.
  • The disease occurs in both men and women, most often in people older than 40.
  • Treatment for diverticular disease may include getting more dietary fiber, drinking plenty of fluids, and exercising regularly to help prevent future problems.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.


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