Diverticular Disease (Diverticulosis & Diverticulitis)

WHAT IS DIVERTICULAR DISEASE?

Diverticular disease or diverticulosis occurs when small pockets appear on the sides of the large intestines (usually the colon). The small pockets are known as diverticula, and when they become inflamed or infected the condition is known as diverticulitis. 

Diverticular disease is most commonly found in older adults. There are generally no symptoms for diverticular disease, however symptoms are experienced with diverticulitis. Common symptoms include abdominal pain, nausea, constipation and/or diarrhoea, vomiting, fever, bloody stool, and bloating.

HOW WE CAN HELP YOU

Nutritional strategies will be developed to help you manage your diverticular disease. Diet requirements vary when you experience diverticulitis symptoms or not, therefore a multi-phase approach to diet progression will be undertaken. During the assessment, an in depth analysis will be conducted, with a focus on your diet history. An individualised plan will be developed, taking into account your lifestyle, culture and eating habits to ensure achievable goals.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Diverticular Disease – Bowel Cancer Australia

REFERENCES

Crowe, T., Smith, D., Walsh, A., Whitney, E. & Rolfes, S. (2014). Understanding nutrition: Australian and New Zealand. South Melbourne, Vic: Cengage Learning.
Dietitians Association of Australia. (n.p.). Diverticulitis. Retrieved 15 December, 2016, from http://daa.asn.au/for-the-public/smart-eating-for-you/nutrition-a-z/diverticulitis/
Mahan, L., Stump, S., Raymond, J. & Krause, M. (2012). Krause's food & the nutrition care process. St. Louis, Mo: Elsevier/Saunders.