Diverticulosis is the diagnosis given to patients who have multiple Diverticulae in their colon or large bowel. A diverticulae is a sac-like protrusion through weak spots in the bowel. These diverticulae can become painfully, inflamed which is called diverticulitis or can erode into blood vessels and cause painless, colonic bleeding (diverticular bleeding). It is a very common condition and gets more prevalent as we age. Diverticulosis affects over half of the population over the age of 60.
The exact cause of diverticulosis is unknown, but it is believed that processed foods and low fiber may contribute. Currently a high fiber diet is recommended.
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