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Diverticular Disease and Diverticulitis

Diverticular disease occurs when small bulges appear in the large intestine. One of the main causes is a low fibre diet. A good diet and lifestyle are vital to the prevention of diverticular disease.

Fibre makes your stools softer and larger, so less pressure is needed by your large intestine to push them out of your body.

The pressure of moving hard, small pieces of stools through your large intestine creates weak spots in the outside layer of muscle. This allows the inner layer (mucosa) to squeeze through these weak spots, creating the diverticula.

There is currently no clinical evidence to fully prove the link between fibre and diverticula. However, diverticular disease and diverticulitis are both much more common in Western countries, where many people do not eat enough fibre.

Symptoms include:

  • lower abdominal pain
  • feeling bloated

 

Diverticulitis occurs when these bulges in the intestine become infected or inflamed. Symptoms include:

  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Diarrhoea or frequent bowel movements
  • A fever

 

Risk factors for developing diverticular disease include:

 

Exactly how these lead to developing diverticular disease is unclear.

Q&A

What should you do if you think you have diverticular disease or diverticulitis?

If you suspect that you are at risk of either of the above, you should speak with your GP to receive a diagnosis as many digestive disorders have similar symptoms.

Once you have a diagnosis, booking an appointment with a Dietitian will be your next step. A Dietitian can help you to optimise your diet and lifestyle to manage your condition and prevent progression of the disease.

How Can Spectrum Nutrition Help?

During your initial consultation, your Dietitian will assess your symptoms, diet and lifestyle. We will identify triggers in your diet and lifestyle and equip you with the knowledge and skills to manage your condition for good. Your Dietitian will also carry out a complete nutritional assessment, diet history, body composition analysis including weight, BMI, waist circumference, body fat %, lean body mass, waist to hip measurement and more.

You will receive:

  • A starter meal plan tailored to you
  • Recipe book to suit your dietary requirements
  • Tailored advice and action points

How Much Does An Appointment Cost?

  • 30 Minute Consultation: €60
  • 45 Minute Consultation: €85
  • 60 Minute Consultation: €105

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