Prevent Diverticulitis with These Lifestyle Changes

Diverticulosis and diverticulitis together are called diverticular disease. Diverticula are small outpouchings in the wall of the colon (large intestine). They’re thought to happen because the colon walls develop weak spots.

The ultimate cause is not well understood, but it is now presumed to be from a combination of lifestyle factors, age, and genetics. Diverticula are common, especially in people over age 50, but they don’t usually cause symptoms. Indeed, many people don’t know they have any until they’re seen during a colonoscopy.

However, if diverticula become inflamed, they can cause diverticulitis, which can be painful and inconvenient. This article will describe the lifestyle changes that may help avoid a diverticulitis flare-up and what to do when one occurs.

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Diverticulitis Diet

Years ago, it was thought that diverticulitis was caused by eating high-fiber foods or foods, such as nuts, seeds, or corn. The theory was that these types of food could get stuck in the diverticula and cause an infection. It’s now understood that eating a high fiber diet may help avoid complications from diverticular disease.

Foods to Eat

Most people don’t have a problem because of their diverticula. Others, however, may develop diverticulitis, which in some cases can be chronic (comes back over and over). In that case, eating high-fiber foods or a modified diet might be part of a prevention plan.

During a flare-up, a healthcare provider might recommend a clear liquid diet for a few days. A liquid diet includes:

  • Broth
  • Coffee (no milk)
  • Plain, clear fruit juices (no pulp)
  • Plain gelatin (Jell-O)
  • Popsicles (no solid pieces of fruit or pulp)
  • Tea 
  • Water (including ice)

When starting to feel better, and when your healthcare provider says it’s OK, more foods can be added slowly back into the diet. The next step on

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World Stroke Day: Foods you should avoid to prevent stroke | Health

World Stroke Day: A stroke typically occurs when blood supply to a part of the brain is interrupted or reduced which may damage the brain tissues. There are many lifestyle factors that could increase your risk of stroke from unhealthy food habits, obesity, to lack of exercise or sedentary lifestyle.

It is possible to reduce the risk of a stroke by managing certain health conditions like blood pressure, cardiac diseases, diabetes, cholesterol, obesity, refraining from tobacco, staying away from alcohol and reducing stress. Regular exercise and balanced diet could also help.

“Stroke is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the world. Various lifestyle habits can increase the risk of stroke. Food habits are not far behind so let’s look at food stuff that we may eat routinely that increases our risk of stroke,” says Dr Praveen Gupta, Principal Director & Head, Department of Neurology, Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurugram. 

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Here are five foods you should avoid to prevent risk of stroke:

1. Processed foods

If you begin and end your day with junk food and look for excuses to indulge in trans-fat laden food, you should be very careful as you are increasing your risk of getting a stroke. “Processed foods or junk foods, such as crackers, chips, store-bought goods and fried foods, typically contain a lot of trans fat, which generates bad cholesterol called LDL which deposits in the wall of arteries leading to blockage. It also leads to inflammation in the body. It is this increase in the inflammation of the body that is a foundation of many diseases like stroke and heart attacks,” says Dr Gupta.

2. Smoked and processed meats

There are certain preservatives in smoked and processed meats like sodium nitrite that can damage

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