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January 2000 Issue

Does Diverticulosis Demand Dietary Changes?

Q. My doctor told me I have diverticulosis. Is it true that I need to avoid certain foods to prevent flare-ups?A. That depends. Diverticulosis occurs when small pouches called diverticula bulge outward from weak spots in the large intestine. They form when pressure inside the intestine builds up, often because of constipation and low-fiber diets. About one-half of all Americans between the ages of 60 and 80, and almost everyone over age 80,

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