medical monday: diverticulosis

Hello, and welcome to a very wet Medical Monday! I am having issues with my pool that are getting on my nerves. I have never had issues with it being nice and clean, and clear until last week. I am assuming it has something to do with the dreadful heat. Anyway, that is not what we are here to discuss. For the month of August I have decided the topic will be Diverticulosis, and Diverticulitis. At least once a week I will do an educational post on these two topics. They very much go together. This post may contain affiliate links.

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What is Diverticulosis. Diverticulosis is when you get small pockets, or pouches in the colon or intestines. Think of them kind of like tiny balloons. For whatever reason it is more common in men than women. These tiny sacs or balloons can hold waste products that moves through the intestine, and can become infected. As with any infection inflammation will occur causing pain, and that is when you get Diverticulitis. But, today we will focus on just Diverticulosis.

The tiny pockets form when the inner layer of the Digestive Tract pushes through weak spots in the outer layer. Almost like a Hernia does, if you have ever had a hernia. Most of the time these pouches will form in the left side of the colon, but you can get them anywhere in the intestines.

Diverticulosis is more common as we age. It is rare to get it under age 40, but some people do.

You may already know what I am going to say next. Studies show that a low Fiber Diet is most likely the predominant risk factor for Diverticulosis after age. Countries where eating fruit and vegetables is abundant, there is very little Diverticulosis possibly even in the over 60 age group. I will discuss this more in another post. If you would like to see what the pouches look like in the colon, watch the short video below. It is age restricted so you will need to click it to go to Youtube and watch it.

What are the symptoms of Diverticulosis?

  1. Some people have no symptoms at all until the pouches become inflamed and they have pain, usually in the lower left side of the abdomen.
  2. A change in bowel patterns. For example you may be very regular with no issues, but all of a sudden you are constipated. Or your bowels become more frequent and loose when that is not your normal.
  3. You may also experience cramping or bloating.

How is Diverticulosis diagnosed?

  1. Since most people experience no symptoms, or have vague symptoms they relate to something else, Diverticulosis is picked up by other exams you may have as Preventative Care such as a Colonoscopy, or Sigmoidoscopy. They can also be seen via a CT Scan, or Barium X-rays. If you have vague symptoms such as bloating and cramping, and are over age 40 talk to your doctor about having one of the diagnostic exams above. You do not want these pouches to rupture, especially if infected, trust me!

Most people do not need treatment for Diverticulosis other than preventative to prevent the pouches from becoming inflamed, infected or rupturing. Talk to your doctor, but most experts at this stage will inform you to eat a high fiber diet with lots of fresh fruits and veggies. This will keep your stool soft, and moving freely through the intestinal tract hopefully eliminating the pouches from becoming filled with waste and becoming infected. Try to get most of your fiber from whole grains and veggies, as the sugar in fruit can be inflammatory. Nuts and seeds are also good for fiber, but ask your doctor first because they can actually complicate Diverticulosis. If you smoke, quit smoking. If you have other dietary restrictions, or take medications, be sure and discuss with your doctor before you make any major changes to your diet.

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Lower Carb and Kidney Friendly Superbowl Appetizers

Today, as promised, I am sharing some ideas for lower carb and kidney friendly Superbowl appetizers. The first video is Keto type recipes. I don’t do Keto, but I get great ideas for lower carb meal ideas. The very first recipe on that video is the one I will be making. I will change the sausage to ground turkey, and I will use Salsa instead of marinade. I will also half the cheese on top and it will be Mexican blend cheese. I will serve it with both tortilla chips and the bell peppers. I am sure I am the only one who will eat the bell peppers. My husband might have a few, and my daughter in law, but that is pretty much it. The second video is from Davita. I like what they did with the chicken wings as that is a huge Superbowl favorite. My husband has his own wing recipe, of which I only eat a couple, so I won’t try that recipe this time. The fruit dip looked good but I am thinking that is going to be a lot of phosphorus in there. As an alternative I personally would use just cool whip with cinnamon sugar mixed in. For the protein shake they offered a bottled variety. These are going to probably have a lot of additives and preservatives. They may also be high in phosphorus. I personally would make my own using Orgain protein powder, ice, kidney friendly fruit, a liquid of your choice, and a smidge of French Vanilla non dairy creamer.

Even if you follow a special eating lifestyle, or have Kidney Disease, you can still enjoy parties and events.

Have fun! Let me know if you make any of these recipes.


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Exercise move of the week

Tomorrow, March 1, 2021 I will be sharing a very exciting kidney update. Be sure to come back to check it. Welcome back to Sweating on Sunday! I can’t even work up a sweat it is so cold right now in Florida. If I get warm I am happy, lol. It was 27 this morning, and 25 yesterday morning. No warm up during the day either. Today it will be a bit warmer 62 and not as cold at night. We had a very cold Fall, and now start of Winter. After several warm winters, it is kind of shocking.

I have not done a Sweating on Sunday post in a while, so I thought I would try to start them back up. I have Kidney Disease so I am careful about weight lifting. I also have an old right shoulder injury and a left neck injury that will flare up if I choose the wrong exercises, or overwork it. These are old injuries that are easy to forget about once they get better. The reverse grip double arm row with dumb bells, does not aggravate either of these old injuries and that is why I picked it for this week’s move of the week. It is easy to do, and it works the biceps, triceps, back and core which is your abdominals. I use 3 or 5 pound dumbbells, and do 12-15 reps, three times with a few seconds rest in between. I like to add this move to my indoor walking routine when the pace is slow enough to maintain proper form and technique. If you are new to weight training, try this move a couple of times a week. Make sure to not over extend where your natural range of motion is. There is no sense causing an injury. If you feel any pain or discomfort stop doing it. Be sure to warm your arms up by doing a few minutes of arm movements. You can stretch after as well. As your strength and flexibility increases you may be able to increase your range of motion. Start with very light weights, or even water bottles, soup cans or no weights until you have the movement down correctly. You should never start with heavy weights especially if you are new to exercise. You should always ask your doctor if weight training is safe for you. I think most doctors would agree some light weight training exercises have great benefits to increase balance, strength, and flexibility all great things especially as we age. You do not have to kill yourself exercising to see good results. Watch the video below to see how to correctly do the reverse grip double arm row. This is not my video, I borrowed it from Youtube.

I still have not made my meal plan for this week, so I need to get that done today. I am hoping it gets warm enough to get outside and get some fresh air. You can see my walking stats from yesterday, below, and it was almost all indoor walking.

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Future Blog Post Topics Next 7 Days

So, I have completed one Nutrition class and the other will be done in the next couple of days.  That will leave me more time to blog.  I think I might start posting my post plans in the future.  It reminds me of what I wanted to talk about and gives readers the chance to save the blog to return for topics that interest them.  Below, see the next 4 topics I will be writing about.


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Why You Should Be Disinfecting Your Home Every Day!

On Monday I posted about the difference between sanitizing and disinfecting.  If you read that post then you know that sanitizing does not remove all germs, especially stubborn germs.  I have CKD and I have been disinfecting my home every 24 hours.   Generally, during flu season I would do this every 5 days or if we had company.  However, now in light of this new Novel Coronavirus in order to stay safe, I am doing it every day.  I do it when I get home from work in the late evening.  If I am off I do it after my family has come home from being out and about.  I use alcohol, bleach or hydrogen peroxide.  I only use hand sanitizer when out and about and don’t have easy access to soap and water.  I will do another post on how hand sanitizer.  Soap and water are still way better for hand washing than any other option.  You see I don’t mention Lysol.  While Lysol can be effectively used, you have to use one wipe for each area you clean and it has to be left to dry before touching.  This can be very costly if you are staying up with it every day.  I do use Lysol to clean the bottom of my work shoes when I get in the car at the end of my shift, and shoes are not allowed to be worn in the house.  I have also instructed my family on washing hands with soap and water as soon as they come home, not touching their face, and other good handwashing etiquettes.  They already knew this, but now I am reminding frequently.  I am practicing social distancing as much as possible and being mindful not to touch my face when out in public.  Be sure you follow the directions completely on whatever disinfecting agent you decide to use.  I clean sinks, toilets, countertops, tabletops, and chairs,  and handles every single day.  I am not hoarding, but I am mindful of making sure I have enough supply of bleach, alcohol and hydrogen peroxide.  We do keep some hand sanitizer on hand just in case we need it for when we are in the public.  But, like I said I prefer handwashing with soap and water.  We have stockpiled a little bit of extra soap.  We don’t really take any prescription meds, so we don’t have to worry about that.  Hopefully, illness or quarantine will not come to our home, but I feel prepared if it does.  Financially would be a little more tricky as I do not receive sick pay at my job, but my husband does.  We homeschool, so don’t have to worry about that either.  The links below will give you good reading material on disinfecting with different products.  If you decide to use bleach it only stays stable for about 24 hours, so don’t mix up too much or it will just need to be wasted.  Also, be aware that alcohol is a great disinfectant for viruses but not so much for bacterias.


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