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The Myths and Facts of Diverticulitis


Diverticulitis is a condition affecting the large intestine or colon. This painful condition is characterized by small pockets, known as diverticular, forming in the large intestine wall.

Sometimes these pockets can get infected and inflamed. Symptoms of diverticulitis vary from patient to patient, but most patients display:


●        Bloody stool

●        Constant severe abdominal pain

●        Fever

●        Nausea and vomiting

●        Rectal bleeding

Because this disease's causes are so elusive, myths have originated such as diverticulitis seeds myths, such as the belief that eating seeds will cause diverticulitis. You will learn about proven diverticulitis facts in this article.

Myth 1: Diverticulosis always develops into diverticular disease


Many patients believe that if they develop diverticulosis, the condition will almost always deteriorate into diverticulitis.


Researchers report, however, that diverticulosis is symptomatic in only about 20% of cases. Furthermore, only 4% of patients with symptomatic diverticular disease go on to develop diverticulitis.

Myth 2: Diverticulitis patients can’t eat popcorn or any other kinds of seeds, nuts, or kernel grains


Patients with diverticulitis can eat popcorn and other crunchy foods like nuts and seeds. Contrary to the popular myth, these foods do not cause the disease or induce flare-ups in patients living with the disease.


Many healthcare providers feared that eating popcorn and other similar foods could result in food lodging into the diverticula, but no evidence has been found to support this claim.

Myth 3: A clear liquid diet prevents diverticular disease


Although your physician may put you on a clear liquid diet for a few days when treating diverticulitis, a liquid diet on its own does not prevent diverticular disease.


Doctors, however, recommend that patients with the condition stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. A purely liquid diet is not recommended because it deprives the body of essential nutrients and fiber, which could exacerbate the disease.

Myth 4: If you have diverticulitis, you must get surgery


Although diverticulitis may require surgery, this is not always the case. Your physician may recommend surgery if you have an acute attack of diverticulitis and prevent the dangers of diverticulitis. These dangers include abscesses around the infected pockets, peritonitis, and death.


If you have diverticulitis and wonder if you need surgery, you can come in for diverticular surgery Long Island consultations at Clarity Surgical.

Myth 5: Diverticulitis – is it genetic?


Although the causes of this disease are not known, many researchers believe that diverticulitis genetic predisposition is a top risk factor along with:


●        Age

●        Low Vitamin D levels

●        Low-fiber diets

●        Obesity

●        Physical inactivity

●        Smoking

Research studies have found that hereditary factors play a significant role in patients with diverticulitis, with an approximately 40 – 50% chance of developing the disease if someone in their family line had it.

Treating diverticulitis


If you have diverticulitis, Clarity Surgical can help you dispel the myths to ensure that you receive the right information and treatment about your condition for better digestive health.


Clarity Surgical’s doctors can perform a variety of procedures such as intragastric balloon placement in Nassau County for weight loss or appendix removal in Huntington Station.