Diverticular disease, Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis- What is the difference?
Diverticular disease is a disorder of the gastro-intestinal tract that particularly affects the colon (however studies have shown that it can affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract).
This disorder is characterised by the development of pockets or ‘diverticula’ within the colon wall. These diverticula tend to develop in the weak areas of the bowel, in particular, sites where a large number of bloods vessels penetrate the walls of the bowel and in areas that are generally narrower than most others- such as the sigmoid colon.
It is believed that the development of diverticula is a result of the adoption of western diets, which tend to be low in fibre.
Learn more about this disease and what can be done.
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*This is not medical advice, consult your physician*