What is the role of dietary habits in the development of diverticulitis?

Updated: Aug 06, 2019
  • Author: Elie M Ghoulam, MD, MS; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Dietary habits may also be a significant contributing factor in the development of diverticulosis, [11] particularly given the global geographic distribution of this condition. Slow colonic transit time, heavy stool weight, and decreasing stool frequency (constipation) may contribute to diverticulum formation. [10] Studies to determine which dietary components have the largest effect on stool habits have shown that the standard Western diet (eg, high red meat content, low fiber, refined sugar) has a strong association with the incidence of diverticulosis. However, causation remains to be proven.


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