Characteristics of diverticulosis

What is diverticulosis?

Diverticulosis is the presence of one or more bags (= diverticula) in the large intestine. These lumps or hernias occur in some people having the muscular walls of the large intestine inconsistent as a result of internal pressure on them.

Although they may occur in any part of the intestine, they usually tend to do in what is known as the sigmoid colon, which is where it ends the large intestine.

Diverticulosis is a precursor to a potential diverticulitis or inflammation of the diverticula. 5 to 10% of people with diverticulosis usually develop diverticulitis.

This is usually a disease that affects older people, but there are plenty of cases from 40 years on.

Symptoms of diverticulosis:

  • Diverticulosis is asymptomatic in most cases.
  • Sometimes, stool is trapped in the diverticula. Subsequently, pathogenic bacteria develop in the area causing inflammation or infection in them. When diverticula become inflamed or infected, diverticulitis occurs that is one of the symptoms of this disease.
  • Other symptoms of diverticulosis are
    • Cramping pain in the lower left of abdomen
    • Pain in any part of the abdomen
    • Pain when pressing on the abdomen
    • Fever
    • Chills
    • Blood in stools
    • Vomiting or nausea
    • Periods of diarrhea alternate with periods of constipation
    • Etc.

Causes of diverticulosis:

The main causes of diverticulosis are:

  • Weakness of the intestinal muscle: Diverticulosis is caused by the pressure of the fecal mass on the walls of intestinal muscle inconsistent. This lack of consistency is mainly due to two possible factors:
  • Inadequate diets: It seems that there is a clear relationship between a poor diet, low in fiber, and the emergence of this disease. Intestinal muscle contraction exerts a movement to expel the stool (peristalsis).

This action, in addition to eliminating waste, is an exercise that strengthens the muscles. Lack of peristaltic movements produced by a lazy bowel can cause constipation and leads to a lack of consistency of the muscular walls.

Fiber is the main component of food that stimulates peristalsis. Poor diet low in fiber is primarily responsible for the lack of intestinal motility.

  • Genetic: People with a family history are more likely to have a weaker intestinal muscle wall.

Diagnostics of diverticulosis:

The diagnosis of diverticulosis is usually carried out when an episode of diverticulitis occurs. There are some diagnostic tests of diverticulitis that show that the patient presents this abnormality in the intestine.

If you presume that you may have diverticulosis, you should go quickly to the doctor. This is particularly necessary in case of watery diarrhea, vomiting or nausea, or fever.

Treatment of diverticulosis

In most cases, diverticulosis requires no treatment. Conventional treatment is required when episodes of pain, continuous changes between diarrhea and constipation or bleeding take place.

The most common treatment is using antibiotics to kill microorganisms that cause infection.

In more severe cases, it may require hospitalization or even the use of surgery.

Natural treatment of diverticulosis

The natural treatment of diverticulosis involves using a series of natural resources that can complement or assist the treatment.

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