Diverticulosis: Revised Diet Information
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Pea-sized pouches can develop in the wall of our large intestines as we age. This condition is called diverticulosis. No one is sure why the pouches form, but diets high in fats and carbohydrates and low in fiber may contribute by causing food to move through the intestine more slowly, increasing pressure and straining, and resulting in constipation. This may weaken the walls of the colon and promote diverticulosis. In fact, with typical American diets, this common digestive disorder affects one third of the population by age 60 and two thirds by age 85.
Evidence-based practice 12, no. 05 (2009)