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management of diverticular disease

Take home messages

  • Diverticular disease is very common as we go older and often causes no problems at all.

  • Any new symptoms of pain or change in bowel habit should be discussed with your GP or a specialist registered healthcare professional.

  • Urgent attention should be sought for symptoms with bleeding, progressive symptoms, or weight loss.

  • Emergency treatment should be sought if there is severe pain or sepsis.

  • Dietary management is very important with a high fibre diet being the most important and conversely an attack of diverticulitis, may necessitate resting the bowel with a soft/low fibre or liquid only diet.

This blog was written in associated with Dr Andrew Millar, Consultant Gastroenterologist & Hepatologist and Mrs Sian Shepherd BSc RD – Specialist Gastroenterology Dietitian, and published on


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