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Diverticular Disease

Also indexed as:Diverticulitis, Diverticulosis
Adhering to a high-fiber diet is one key to keeping diverticular disease at bay. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
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Adhering to a high-fiber diet is one key to keeping diverticular disease at bay. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
  • Try an OTC remedy

    Treat constipation and prevent future problems with over-the-counter fiber supplements, such as methylcellulose (Citrucel), polycarbophil (FiberCon), or psyllium (Metamucil)

  • Recognize the warning signs

    Seek immediate medical attention if you develop symptoms such as painful abdominal cramping, fever, and nausea

  • Diet right

    Help prevent the disease by eating a high-vegetable, high-fiber, and low-meat diet

  • Get moving

    Start a regular program of physical activity, such as jogging, to help prevent symptomatic diverticular disease

  • Talk to your doctor

    Ask about prescription medication polyethylene glycol (MiraLax) for constipation and the antispasmodic drug hyoscyamine (Levsin, Levbid) for abdominal cramping

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