Diverticulosis in Utah

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Diverticulosis is an intestinal issue in which little pouches of the bowel push out through the outer wall. Though the pouches, termed diverticula, may appear in any part of the colon, they are most commonly found on the left half of the colon, referred to as the sigmoid and descending colon. Diverticulosis is generally not a serious issue and does not typically cause noticeable signs. Diverticulosis and diverticulitis alike are considered diverticular diseases. Diverticulitis is the issue in which these tiny pouches become infected or swollen. Patients will develop diverticulosis prior to experiencing diverticulitis. In the event that you have diverticulosis, it is important that you seek treatment from a gastrointestinal doctor in order to guard against diverticulitis. Please contact Utah Gastroenterology today to request an appointment. Our GI providers are pleased to offer expert treatment for diverticulitis and diverticulosis in Utah.

The specific cause of diverticulosis is still undetermined. The general belief is that these outpouchings come through the outer colon when increased pressure in the large intestine is applied due to muscle contractions or constipation. There also seems to be a substantial connection with family medical history, which suggests that genetic predisposition could pose a patient with an increased chance of developing diverticulosis. Older age is the top risk factor for diverticulosis. The condition might happen to both women and men. Beginning at the age of 40, the prospect of forming diverticulosis rises roughly every decade. Approximately 50% of people aged 60 – 80 experience diverticulosis, and most people older than 80 experience the condition.

Diverticulosis symptoms are often subtle enough to go unnoticed. In the event that a person were to have symptoms of diverticulosis, they could involve:

  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach discomfort as well as cramps
  • Gas

If you have any troubling symptoms related to your GI tract such as those listed, call Utah Gastroenterology to speak with a digestive health specialist in your community.

If you have diverticulosis, the primary goal of care is to ensure the intestinal sacs do not become swollen or infected. Our Utah gastroenterology providers will talk with you about the appropriate treatments for you, but a number of the potential therapies include:

  • Probiotic supplements
  • High-fiber diet
  • Take fiber supplements

Potential ways to avoid diverticular disease are to:

  • Lose weight if overweight
  • Stop using tobacco products or don’t start using tobacco
  • Avoid red meat and high-fat foods
  • Avoid taking NSAID medications like aspirin
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If you have or are at risk of diverticulosis and are looking for help managing the condition to prevent diverticulitis, we urge you to consult a GI physician who can treat your problem. We can help you seek out a local gastrointestinal physician through our group of board-certified digestive health specialists at Utah Gastroenterology. If you have indications of digestive disease or want help for diverticulosis in Utah, call us as soon as you can to request a consultation with a board-certified digestive health specialist to safeguard your well-being.

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