What is diverticulitis? Definition-wise, it’s a condition that’s best explained by describing how it starts—and what it starts as. According to The Diverticulitis Foundation of America, half of Americans older than age 60 have diverticulosis, a condition where small pouches (about the size of large peas) called diverticula bulge outward
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Your odds of diverticulosis increase with age—it affects more than 60 percent of people over age 70. In this condition, small pouches called diverticula form in weak spots in the wall of the large intestine (colon). Why this happens is unclear, but it’s partly hereditary.
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Q. I was recently diagnosed with diverticulosis. Can this condition cause serious problems?
A. Diverticulosis is a common condition among older adults. It develops in weak areas along the walls of the colon and is characterized by tiny sacs—diverticula—that bulge through these weak spots. Low-fiber diets, physical inactivity, and obesity are
Once you’ve reached age 65, there’s a more than 50 percent chance you have diverticulosis, the development of small pockets, or diverticula, in the muscular layers of the colon. Most of the time these pockets are harmless.
However, about four out of 100 people with diverticulosis develop acute diverticulitis, inflammation or