December 2008 Issue
Diverticulosis: Corn, Nuts, Popcorn Not Guilty
Diverticulosis is a condition characterized by small outpouchings from the colon, called diverticula. Experts estimate that one-third of Americans have diverticulosis by age 60, two-thirds by age 85. Itís only when stool or bacteria lodges in the pouches and they become inflamed that trouble starts. This inflammation is called diverticulitis and is the cause of pain and bleeding. Physicians typically prescribe a low-fiber diet to calm the colon. Hospitalization and surgery may be needed in severe cases.
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