Diverticular disease is very common. One-third of Australians over 45 years of age, and two-thirds over 85 years have some diverticular disease. Many are unaware they have it. The main cause is not eating enough fibre.

Diverticular disease

Diverticulosis is the formation of abnormal pouches in the bowel wall.
Diverticulitis is the inflammation or infection of these pouches. These
conditions are collectively known as diverticular disease.

Only about a quarter of people with diverticular pockets develop symptoms
which may include pain in the lower left abdomen together with feelings of
nausea and loss of appetite.

A colonoscopy or barium enema is usually used to diagnose
diverticular disease.


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