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Alert! Diverticular Disease Affects Over 2/3's of Seniors

January 26, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 133

You can't afford to ignore the facts. These alarming statistics should raise your alert meter and take it to new heights. Three nasty culprits of this disease are:

- Diverticulosis - Diverticular Bleeding - Diverticulitis

What it is and how you can manage this disease is within your hands. Knowledge is power. Let's take a look at what is and how it affects you or someone you love.

First, the disease begins with tiny formations of tiny pockets, sometimes these pockets are numerous, also called diverticula, and they form in the lining of a bowel. These formations can be as small as a low-dose aspirin, or they can be larger.

When internal pressure increases in the bowl and presses against the walls of the bowel, liquid, waste and gas move along the length of the colon and push the bowl out. Much like a garden hose if you continued to force water through a weakened spot in the hose; eventually, it's going to bulge. Did you know Diverticula have been known to form while straining to have a bowel movement? These pockets are seen mostly in the lower portion of the intestinal walls, but also in the large intestine (sigmoid colon). Something you should know:

- Diverticulosis is Common - Occurs in 10% of the Population Over Forty-Years-of-Age - Occurs in 50% of the Population Over Sixty-Years-of-Age - Diverticulosis Complications Occur in 20% of People with the Disease - Rectal Bleeding (Diverticular Bleeding) - Diverticular Infection (Diverticulitis)

What is of particular concern is the lack of symptoms. There is a noticeable tenderness reported by people. Some feel a tenderness in the area or speak of abdominal cramps. You can be feeling perfectly fine and experience an attack, consisting of:

- Diarrhea - Alternating Diarrhea with Constipation - Craps - Tenderness in the Lower Abdomen - Chills - Fever

Your doctor may test for Diverticular Disease by recommending one of the tests below to diagnose you. They are:

- X-rays - CT Scanning - Ultrasound Testing - Sigmoidoscopy - Colonoscopy - Blood Tests - Angiography (to locate bleeding source)

Most people don't know they have Diverticular Disease until they're tested for another reason, completely unrelated. If you experience one or more of the above symptoms, it may be time for you to set up, take notice, and take charge of your digestive health.

One of the most important areas you have control over is your diet. A Diverticulitis Diet with the right Diverticulitis Foods in the right combinations can make all the difference in how your intestines process food. Why would you continue to suffer if you had a choice?

Meet someone who knows firsthand how debilitating this disease can be, meet Mike Hohlweg, a person who isn't content to keep a proven remedy to himself. His mission is to illuminate pain for others like himself who suffer from this disease. Mike is an ordinary guy. He was tired of struggling to get through his days pain free. He discovered the Diverticulitis Diet containing Diverticulitis Foods, and his whole world changed. Yours can too. He watched fellow sufferers of this disease, and decided he had to reach out to as many people as he could to help them too. Sure, he could have remained pain-free and kept all the benefit for himself but that is not who he is. He discovered something else: He started smiling more and discovered he felt like he had a whole new body, one working with him not against him. You can discover this for yourself. Mike has made the Diverticulitis Pain Free Diet available to fellow sufferers like himself.

Note: The statements contained herein have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not meant to be substituted for or construed as competent medical advice. People in poor health including those with Diverticulitis, should seek the advice of a medical doctor before embarking on any change in diet or lifestyle. The author is not a member of the medical profession and does not give this information as medical advice. The information contained in this article is from professional research and personal experience. The advice should be considered to be that of a researcher or educated ayperson.

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