"According to medicinenet.com", diverticulitis is inflammation, infection, or both of one or more balloon-like cysts (diverticula). Diverticulitis usually occurs in the large intestine (colon). Studies have shown that pain in the lower left part of the abdomen, pain on palpation, and fever are typical symptoms.
Diverticulitis is most common in people over the age of 40. It can be severe in people of any age, but it is more severe in older people, especially those who take corticosteroids or other drugs that suppress the immune system and thus increase the risk of diverticulitis.
People with mild diverticulitis symptoms are treated with rest, a liquid diet, and sometimes oral antibiotics, while people with severe symptoms are treated in a hospital, where they are treated with intravenous antibiotics and sometimes surgery.
Different factors can increase your risk of suffering from diverticulitis. Some of them include;
. Dietary fibre
. High-fat diet
. Diet rich in red meat
. Lack of exercise
. Some types of drugs such as ibuprofen, aspirin, opioids, and steroids.
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