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3 Risk Factors for Diverticulitis

Diverticulitis is rapidly becoming one of the most common health problems.  Diverticulitis is the most serious type of diverticular disease.  Bringing awareness to this disease is important.  Here is a list of risk factors and symptoms.  If you believe you may have this serious disease, talk to your medical professional.

Possible Risk Factors

1. Heredity

Your family history may put you at risk for diverticulitis.  One study was done on siblings and twins.  Genetic factors appear to have contributed to the development of this disease.

2. Lack of Vitamin D

One study found that patients with diverticulitis had lower levels of vitamin D in their system.  There may be a link related to complications of this disease.

3. Obesity

Research shows that being obese is a clear risk factor.  However, researchers are not completely sure how obesity is linked.

What Is Diverticulitis?

Diverticulitis is a gastrointestinal disease that is an inflammation of abnormal pouches which can develop in the wall of the large intestine.  The root cause of this condition is fecal matter blocking the opening of diverticula and can lead to inflammation and infection.

Symptoms

Symptoms can last anywhere from a few hours to a few days.

  • Tenderness, cramps, or pain in the abdomen (usually on the left side)
  • Fevers and chills
  • Feeling bloated
  • Abdominal swelling
  • Gas
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Nausea and occasional vomiting
  • Loss of appetite

 

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