As Chris mentioned, Diverticular is definitely preventable! Just adding to what Chris has covered, the chance of developing Diverticular disease increases with age and is often more common in people with a low fibre diet. A diet with adequate dietary fibre (~30g/day) produces bulkier stools that stretches the colon, reducing pressure on the colon and therefore the chance of developing diverticular (as Chris throughly explained above).
Foods high in fibre include:
1) Wholemeal and wholegrain breads, cereals, rices and pasta
- aim for ~5 serves per day
2) Legumes (eg. chickpeas, lentils, baked beans, kidney beans etc)
- in conjunction with vegetables aim for at least 5 serves per day
3) Vegetables and Salad (eg. carrot, celery, caiuliflower, peas, corn, cucumber etc)
- in conjunction with legumes aim for at least 5 serves per day
4) Fruit (try and consume the fruit with the skin where possible)
- aim for 2 serves per day
5) Nuts and Seeds
Remember, when increasing your fibre intake it is very important to also increase your overall fluid intake - aim for ~8 glasses of water (2 litres) everyday, not including caffeine containing beverages such as coffee, tea or softdrink.
An Accredited Practicing Dietitian can assist with implementing a high fibre diet into your lifestyle based on the types of foods you currently enjoy to eat.
Hope you find all feedback useful!
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