When these “pockets” become infected, symptoms of pain and discomfort arise with fever and the condition is termed Diverticulitis. This requires urgent medical attention. In the past, people with diverticulum were encouraged to avoid harsh fibres such as seeds and nuts. However, research now suggests this is unnecessary. The best treatment to prevent infections in Diverticular disease is to maintain regular bowel activity. Constipation is the major cause of Diverticular disease and Diverticulitis.
The aim is to consume a diet that assists with producing soft, bulky stools that are easy to pass without straining. For most people, this means increasing dietary fibre which promotes healthy bowel function. Our dietitians can also assist with education on reducing dietary fibre during an active flare of diverticulitis.
We are known for our expertise in gastro-intestinal (gut / bowel) nutrition, however, every member of our team has their own additional, specialty areas.