What should I eat with diverticulitis?

Welcome back to another Wellness Wednesday topic. This also concludes this month’s series of posts on Diverticulosis/Diverticulitis. Be sure to read through the other 3 posts if you are interested.

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Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis are kind of sister diseases. You won’t get Diverticulitis without having Diverticulosis first. Most people don’t even know they have Diverticulosis until they get Diverticulitis. The video below explains it all really well. But, as for what you should eat if you get Diverticulitis, it is kind of the opposite of Diverticulosis. The video shows images of the colon. If you do not like those kind of images you may wish to not watch.

With Diverticulitis you may be instructed to:

  1. Eat liquids only for a few days to allow the bowel to rest and decrease inflammation.
  2. When you do start to eat foods again, eat a soft diet, and an easy to digest diet such as scrambled eggs, toast, soups, broth, etc.
  3. Eat a low fiber diet. Fiber is harder to digest than other foods, and the bowel needs time to rest from all that work.
  4. Your doctor may even tell you to eat nothing by mouth for a day or so, if you have a really bad case of Diverticulitis.

That is pretty easy, right? Well you want to avoid the complications that can come with Diverticulitis, which can lead to perforation, Peritonitis, and even surgery to repair parts of the bowel. Some people could even need a resection of the bowel.

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what is diverticulitis?

Welcome to another Tuesday edition of Health Tips on Tuesday. August is Colon Health Awareness Month and I have been discussing Diverticulosis. Today, I am going to talk about Diverticulitis. It is a sister disease to Diverticulosis. You can read the other posts on this topic in the archives.

Diverticulitis is very common especially as we age. You have to have Diverticulosis to have Diverticulitis. Why? Because Diverticulitis is inflammation, and or infection, of the Diverticulum that are present in Diverticulosis. Remember that diverticulum are pouches that form usually in the lower colon and can not only become infected but also can blow, or perforate causing much larger issues.

There are 3 videos below that explain Diverticulitis and have images to help you visualize what I mean. It may be disturbing to some people, so watch wisely. The 3rd video is in Spanish, to explain it to any Spanish readers that may visit this blog. I only know a little Spanish, so I can not verify what he is saying. I tried to find it in Sign Language as well, but I could not locate any, except for one with signs for common symptoms. So, I will share that for any medical people so you can have at least some basic signs to communicate with hearing impaired patients.

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