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 BeGoodToYourGut.co.uk.