What Causes Diverticulosis?

Q:
What causes diverticulosis?

A:
Doctors aren’t sure.

Some think muscle spasms or strain (like when you have a bowel movement) make pressure build in your colon and push against the lining.

In the past, most experts thought not eating enough fiber — which is found in many fruits and vegetables, grains, and beans — led to diverticulosis. But recent studies haven’t shown a link between the condition and eating fiber.

Your doctor will ask about your eating habits and health history before suggesting you tweak your diet.

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