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A Guide to Diverticular Disease

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Persistent abdominal discomfort — ranging from a constant feeling of needing to empty one’s bowels to severe pain — can signal a type of bowel infection that’s known as diverticulitis.

Up to half of Canadian adults aged 70 and older have developed small ‘pouches’ in the lining of the colon, which are known medically as diverticula. Of these, an estimated one in five will eventually experience a related complication, one example being an infection — diverticulitis — that can brew in one of these pockets where bowel contents have become trapped. 

So, given there’s a good chance you have diverticula, what can you do to prevent such problems from developing? Thankfully, some of the same lifestyle factors that promote overall health in a number of other ways also seem to reduce the likelihood of this happening.

You can find out more by reading this health feature I wrote for Good Times magazine back in September 2013: ‘A Guide to Diverticular Disease.’

A belated thank-you to the interviewees who so kindly contributed their time and expertise:


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