I’ve recently been diagnosed with diverticulitis. Can a low-carb lifestyle help with managing this or will it make it worse?
To understand the effects of diet on diverticulitis it’s important to explain the difference between diverticulosis and diverticulitis. Diverticulosis is common in the elderly (70% of octogenarians will have these little bulging pouches protruding from the wall of the distal colon, which is the last, bottom part of the colon).
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The known contributing factors to the development of these pouches are old age and genetics. Other theories suggest a lack of fibre in the diet or increased intraluminal pressure due to chronic constipation as possible causes. However, all of these theories are derived from limited data with no definitive proof. Uncomplicated diverticulosis usually has no symptoms.
Diverticulitis is what develops when these pouches become infected with bacteria, which causes symptoms of severe lower abdominal pain, fever, blood in the stools and diarrhoea or constipation. This condition needs to be treated with antibiotics to prevent complications such as abscess formation or bowel perforation. As the low-carb lifestyle promotes a healthy gut and lowers inflammation it should not make your diverticulitis worse.