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Diverticular Disease

Treatment for Diverticular Disease

Specific treatment for diverticular disease will be determined by your physician based on:

  • Your age, overall health, and medical history
  • Extent of the disease
  • Your tolerance for specific medications, procedures, or therapies
  • Expectations for the course of the disease
  • Your opinion or preference

The American Dietetic Association recommends consuming 20 to 35 grams of fiber each day. Treatment may include increasing dietary fiber intake by eating foods such as the following:

  • Whole grain breads, cereals, and other products
  • Fruit, such as berries, apples, and peaches
  • Vegetables, such as broccoli, cabbage, spinach, carrots, asparagus, and squash
  • Beans

In the past, avoiding foods with small seeds, such as tomatoes or strawberries, was suggested because it was believed that particles could lodge in the diverticula and cause inflammation. Consult your physician regarding which foods you should avoid.
Treatment for diverticulitis may also include:

  • Medications (to control pain)
  • Medications (for infection and inflammation)
  • Medications (to control muscle spasms)
  • Resting the colon, with liquid diet and bed rest

Preventing or minimizing complications, such as the following:

  • Infection
  • Perforations or tears
  • Blockages
  • Bleeding

Hospitalization may be required for acute attacks with severe pain or infection. Surgery may be necessary in some cases.

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