As everyone above has stated - generally a diet low in dietary fibre causes Diverticular Disease. However, Diverticulitis (which is a state where the Diverticula - aka the small bulges in your large intestine - become inflammed/infected). This may be a result of many factors, such as:
- constipation (straining puts additional pressure on the diverticula which may cause inflammation, small ruptures and infection)
- diarrhoea (especially when alternating between constipation)
- stress, being sick/the flu (as your immune system will be slightly compromised)
It is often a misconception that diet directly causes diverticulitis (infection/inflammation). For example, consuming grains or seeds. There is no scientific evidence to support the avoidance of seeds, pips or nuts if you have diverticular disease. In fact, treatment for diverticular is a high fibre diet which may consist of seeds, pips, nuts, grains, wholemeal cereals and breads, fruits and vegetables.
However, during diverticulitis (inflammation) it is very important to modify your diet to give your bowels a rest during this period by following a low fibre diet. Once the inflammation has ceased it is recommended to increase your fibre and fluid intake once more.
Talking to an Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD) may be of benefit to you as we can help tailor a diet to suit both your medical needs and lifestyle.
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