Should You Worry if You Have Diverticulosis Or Diverticulitis?
The level of concern depends on the progression of the disease. Many people may have diverticulosis without realizing it because in many cases, it presents no symptoms or immediate health concerns. Diverticulosis is a condition where tiny pouches or sacs have formed on the wall of the lower intestines (called Diverticula). They are most often found in the muscles of your colon that are the weakest and the narrowest, which is the “sigmoid”
(lower part of the intestine) just before your rectum. The cause of diverticulosis is usually associated with continued straining and pressure of chronic constipation on the colon and diets that are low in dietary fibre, which often leads to constipation. Other causes may be linked to a sedentary lifestyle, obesity (causing pressure in the midsection), smoking, alcohol, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), pain relievers, and steroids. Diverticulosis itself is not a problem, as the pouches themselves are harmless. They may cause bloating, constipation, diarrhea or cramping. The most common symptom that needs to be managed to avoid causing this disease to progress to diverticulitis is chronic constipation and the strain you put on your bowels to excrete wastes.

The situation becomes more severe and requires medical intervention when the diverticula become inflamed or infected in the gastrointestinal tract. At this point, diverticulosis becomes “Diverticulitis.” If one of the diverticula bursts, it leaks bacteria into your digestive tract and abdominal cavity. A diverticulum that is no longer contained can cause more severe abdominal pain, fever, cramping, constipation or diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, rectal bleeding and possible fever and chills (due to infection). In some cases, ignoring the symptoms of diverticulitis can lead to a perforation of the colon. If the bowel perforates, it could cause the toxic contents of the colon to leak into the abdomen. It could also cause blood hemorrhaging; both incidences require emergency intervention and are life-threatening. There is no need to panic if you have early symptoms but taking your colon health more seriously is recommended. If you have a family history of colon problems and diverticulitis, you need to be even more aware of the possible risks and take preventive measures.
Take Preventative Measures For Diverticulosis
Don’t take your colon health for granted. If things are not moving regularly or you have chronic constipation, recognize that this is not normal and not healthy. Start with increasing your dietary fibre. The right type of fibre is necessary because it keeps stool soft and bulky so it can pass easily through the colon. Stool that is hard creates pressure in the colon, causing the muscles to strain to remove the stool. And you guessed it; the increased pressure causes parts of the colon wall to pop out. Sources of dietary fibre include beans, whole grains, brown rice, berries, pears, apples, beets, bananas avocados and vegetables. Consider taking a fibre supplement but not just any fibre.
Some fibre products can cause more harm than good if you do not drink enough water (causing constipation). Instead, try a colon program using Renew Life FibreSmart. FibreSMART is a unique dietary fibre supplement containing soluble and insoluble fibre and a complete digestive care formula. It enhances the body’s ability to remove toxins and increases the volume of your stool. It also contains herbal ingredients to help heal the intestinal tract. If you have Irritable Bowell Syndrome, we suggest you use a Natural Factors Organic Reliefibre™ Low FODMAP. It is a better choice for individuals with IBS, who can be very sensitive to many types of fibre. Renew Life IntestiNEWsupports the integrity and healthy function of the intestinal tract lining by providing the body with a therapeutic dose of L-Glutamine as well as N-Acetyl-Glucosamine. It works to soothe and heal the damaged areas of the intestinal tract lining, reduce inflammation and promote healing in the intestinal tract. Add a probiotic such as Genuine Health Advanced Gut Probiotic to your daily regime to help support good gut bacteria and to prevent and support bowel disturbances and disorders. If you notice any rectal bleeding, contact your healthcare provider to rule out anything serious.
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