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Diverticulitis Disease means that you have polyps (small growths) called diverticula in the intestine. These polyps can exist without causing any symptoms and without you knowing they are there. This is called diverticulosis.
 
If the polyps become inflamed or infected, they can cause symptoms such as abdominal cramps, pain or tenderness in the area, swelling, bloating, constipation, or diarrhea. This is called diverticulitis.
 
If you experience severe symptoms of diverticulitis, your doctor may recommend a liquid diverticulitis diet as part of your treatment. Fiber softens and adds bulk to stool, helping it pass more easily through the colon. It also reduces pressure in the digestive tract.
 
Many studies show that eating high-fiber foods can help control diverticular symptoms. Women under the age of 51 should consume 25 grams of fiber daily. Men under the age of 51 should consume 38 grams of fiber daily. Women over the age of 51 should consume 21 grams daily. Men over the age of 51 should consume 30 grams daily.

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Diverticulitis Diet