Diverticular Disease


Adhering to a high-fiber diet is one key to keeping diverticular disease at bay( — . According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may help you manage this digestion disorder:

What You Need To Know:

  • Recognize the warning signs
    Seek immediate medical attention if you develop symptoms such as painful abdominal cramping, fever, and nausea
  • Diet right
    Help prevent the disease by eating a high-vegetable, high-fiber, and low-meat diet
  • Get moving
    Start a regular program of physical activity, such as jogging, to help prevent symptomatic diverticular disease

These recommendations are not comprehensive and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or pharmacist. Continue reading the full diverticular disease article for more in-depth, fully-referenced information on medicines, vitamins, herbs, and dietary and lifestyle changes that may be helpful.

Dietary changes that may be helpful

Dietary factors influence the frequency and severity of diverticular disease recurrences. A diet high in fiber has been shown to be protective against diverticular disease. One study of food intake revealed a 50% increase in incidence of diverticular disease in people eating a diet high in meat and low in vegetables relative to those eating a high-vegetable and low-meat diet. In addition to helping prevent the disease, a high-fiber diet may also be useful as a treatment for diverticular disease.

Lifestyle changes that may be helpful