Overview of Diverticulitis
Diverticular disease, also called diverticulosis, is an infection in the tiny pouches that some people get in their colon. The pouches are called diverticula and can sometimes bulge out through weak spots in your colon. The pouches can become inflamed (red, swollen) or infected. Diverticulitis is when these tiny pouches in the colon get infected. About half of all Americans over age 60 will have diverticulosis.
In many cases, Diverticulitis can be relieved through diet and lifestyle changes, such as eating whole grains, fruit, vegetables and beans. Experts suggest eating 20 to 35 grams of fiber each day. Diverticulitis is also treated with medication.
Diverticulitis treatment plans will be determined by a patient's care team based on age, medical history, type of diverticulitis symptoms and personal preferences. Options may include: