About Diverticulitis

 About Diverticulitis There is some recent news about diverticulitis or diverticulosis, which is a condition wherein small pouches appear in the large intestine and has been graphically likened to weakened portions of a tyre that protrude outwards under pressure. An article in the New York Times explains the appearance of this condition which has only happened in modern times. It says: “People living in industrialized countries have paid some hefty health-related prices for their relatively affluent lives, like high rates of heart disease, cancer, obesity, diabetes and osteoporosis. But there is one extremely common health problem linked to affluence that few are aware of, unless they suddenly become seriously ill. That problem is diverticulosis, out-pouchings in the large intestine resembling weakened areas in tire tubes.” “Though common in well-developed countries, diverticular disease is virtually unknown in the poorer countries of Asia and Africa, where people subsist mainly on high-fiber vegetable-rich diets. Diverticulosis was unknown in this country too until the early 1900’s, when Americans began moving away from fresh-from-the-earth high-fiber foods and instead adopted diets replete with processed foods made from refined flour lacking the fibrous bran in whole grains.” “As American diets became richer in meats, fat, sugar, and...