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Diverticula are small pouches that bulge outward through the colon, or large intestine. If you have these pouches, you have diverticulosis. This condition becomes more common as people age. About half of all people over age 60 have it. Doctors believe the main cause is a low-fiber diet.

Most people with diverticulosis don't have symptoms. Sometimes it causes mild cramps, bloating or constipation. A high-fiber diet and mild pain reliever will often relieve symptoms.

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  1. Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis (National Library of Medicine)  
    ... the pouches become inflamed or infected, you have diverticulitis. The most common symptom is abdominal pain, usually ... vomiting, chills, cramping and constipation. In serious cases, diverticulitis can lead to bleeding tears, or blockages. Treatment ...
  2. Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)  
    ... need to know about Diverticular Disease Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis On this page: What are diverticulosis and diverticulitis? ... Research For More Information What are diverticulosis and diverticulitis? Many people have small pouches in the lining ...
  3. Diverticulitis diet: Should I avoid nuts and seeds? (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)  
    ... may be reprinted for personal, noncommercial use only. Diverticulitis diet: Should I avoid nuts and seeds? By ... share your e-mail address Sign up Question Diverticulitis diet: Should I avoid nuts and seeds? Can ...
  4. Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis (American College of Gastroenterology)  
    Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis Basics Resources Overview What is diverticulosis? Diverticulosis refers to the presence of small out-pouchings (called diverticula) or ...
  5. ... of this page please turn Javascript on. Feature: Diverticulitis Dealing with Diverticulitis Past Issues / Winter 2010 Table of Contents Sharon ... husband Don—has made a full recovery from diverticulitis, following surgery. Photo: Don Ellison My problems with ...
  6. Diverticulitis Diet (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)  
    ... Multimedia Expert Answers Expert Blog Resources What's New Diverticulitis diet By Mayo Clinic staff Original Article: http:// ... not share your e-mail address Sign up Diverticulitis diet By Mayo Clinic staff Definition A diverticulitis ...
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  8. Diverticulitis (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)  
    ... may be reprinted for personal, noncommercial use only. Diverticulitis By Mayo Clinic staff Original Article: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/diverticulitis/DS00070 Definition Symptoms Causes Risk factors Complications Preparing ...
  9. Diverticula, Diverticulosis, Diverticulitis: What's the Difference? (International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders)  
    ... Message From Our Founders Contact Us Diverticula, Diverticulosis, Diverticulitis: What's the Difference? Diverticula occur throughout the gut, ... bleed or perforate thus becoming complicated diverticular disease. Diverticulitis – For unknown reasons, a diverticulum, usually in the ...
  10. Diverticulitis is small, bulging sacs or pouches of the inner lining of the intestine (diverticulosis) that become ... more than half of Americans over age 60. Diverticulitis is caused by small pieces of stool (feces) ...
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