What are the differences between diverticulosis and diverticulitis

Diverticulosis is a condition caused by the formation of invaginations, pouches, or bends in the intestine where stool collects.

Sometimes, diverticulosis can cause other problems, such as diverticulitis, which is the inflammation of the diverticula due to putrefaction and/or infection of the fecal material accumulated there. They usually occur in people with chronic constipation.

What are the symptoms of diverticulitis and diverticulosis?

The symptomatology presented in both cases is:

  • Abdominal cramps.
  • Cramping that only relieves after defecation.
  • When there is no pain, there may be an alternation between diarrhea and constipation.

Recommendations in case of diverticulosis or diverticulitis

These intestinal disorders (except diarrhea) require considerable dietary discipline. For this reason, it is important that the patient suffering from diverticulosis or diverticulitis follows a series of recommendations:

  • Avoid coffee, tea, alcohol, spicy and highly seasoned dishes (saturated fats and fried foods).
  • Diet rich in dietary fiber.
  • Flax seeds.
  • Foods rich in beta-carotene (provitamin A) that protect the mucous membranes.
  • Regenerate the intestinal flora with supplements containing lactofillus acidophillus.
  • First cold-pressed virgin olive oil with meals to improve liver and gallbladder functions.
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