Diverticulosis is a condition that develops in the large intestine. This condition is uncommon among people below the age of 40. Around 10% of Americans over 40 years old and around half of all people who are over 60 years old have diverticlosis. Most of the time it is asymptomatic but when symptoms are present, the condition is called diverticular disease. Additionally, it may only be discovered after tests and investigations for a different medical problem are done.
Diverticulosis was first discovered in the early part of the 20th century as processed foods were introduced into the diets of millions of people. Many of the processed foods consisted of low-fiber, refined flour that contained no wheat bran. As more and more people relied on processed foods, the intake of fiber-rich foods decreased significantly. A low-fiber diet is widely believed to be the main cause of diverticulosis although it has not been proven.Learn More Treatment
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