Diverticulosis is a very common disease that effects up to 50% of people over the age of 60.
Recent data shows that diverticulosis has increased in younger people with diverticula being seen in up to 25 % by the age of 40.
Fortunately, diverticulosis does NOT cause cancer
How do we prevent diverticulosis from developing?
It is known that countries with high fibre intake have very low rates of diverticular disease.
This means that a high fibre diet will help decrease the risk of diverticulosis but it needs to be started early.
A diet high in fiber contains 25-35 grams of fibre daily. This does mean you need to eat fruits, vegetables and grains every day.
In the past, it was recommended to avoid nuts, seeds and popcorn. This was shown not to be true and in fact eating these foods may be beneficial.