Diverticular Disease: Dietary Assistance

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Learn more about the diagnosis and symptoms of Diverticular Disease.

What is the treatment for diverticular disease?

A hight-fiber diet and, occasionally, mild pain medications will help relieve symptoms in most cases. Sometimes an attack of diverticulitis is serious enough to require a hospital stay and possibly surgery.

Increasing the amount of fiber in the diet may reduce symptoms of diverticulosis and prevent complications such as diverticulitis. Fiber keeps stool soft and lowers pressure inside the colon so that bowel contents can more through easily. The American Diabetic Association recommends 20 to 30 grams of fiber each day.

But what does that look like on a day-to-day basis? What foods can help with a fiber requirement? Try these:

Fruits:

  • Apple, raw with the skin
  • Peach, raw
  • Tangerine, raw

Vegetables:

  • Asparagus, fresh, cooked
  • Broccoli, fresh, cooked
  • Brussel sprouts, fresh, cooked
  • Cabbage, fresh, cooked
  • Carrot, fresh, cooked
  • Cauliflower, fresh, cooked
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Spinach, fresh, cooked
  • Summer squash, cooked
  • Tomato, raw
  • Winter Squash, cooked

Starchy Vegetables:

  • Baked beans, canned or plain
  • Kidney beans, fresh, cooked
  • Lima beans, fresh, cooked
  • Potatoes, fresh, cooked

Grains:

  • Bread, whole-wheat
  • Brown rice, cooked
  • Cereal, bran flake
  • Oatmeal, plain, cooked
  • White rice, cooked

Your doctor may also recommend taking a fiber product such as Citrucel or Metamucil once a day. These products are mixed with water to provide about 2 to 3.5 grams of fiber per tablespoon; mixed with 8 ounces of water.

Avoidance of nuts, popcorn and sunflower pumpkin, caraway and sesame seeds has been recommended by physicians out of fear that food particles could enter, block or irritate diverticula. However, no scientific data supports this treatment measure. Eating a high-fiber diet is the only requirement highly emphasized across literature and eliminating specific foods is not necessary. The seeds in tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers, strawberries and raspberries, as well as poppy seeds, are generally considered harmless. People differ in the amounts and types of foods they can eat. Decisions about diet should be made based on what works factors best for each person.

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