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Digestive Disorders

Diverticulitis diet

06/01/2001

Question:

Do you recommend omission of any foods for a person with frequent attacks of diverticulitis?

Answer:

Most physicians would recommend the avoidance of poorly digestible, hard foods such as nuts, seeds, and kernels, in patients with recurrent diverticulitis. The theory is that these items can pass into the colon undigested and lodge in one of the diverticuli. However, I am not aware of any study that has shown that following these restrictions helps prevent future attacks.

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Response by:

John D Long, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati