Diverticular Disease | Causes & Risk Factors


Who gets this disease and why?

Diverticular disease affects both men and women and is most common in people older than 40 years of age. Diverticular disease may be caused by not eating enough fiber. When you don't eat enough fiber, you may get constipated and your stools may not be as soft. Constipation and hard stools increase the pressure in the bowel walls. This pressure may cause the diverticular pouches to form.


Diverticular Disease: Diagnosis and Treatment by H Salzman, M.D., and D Lillie, M.D. (American Family Physician October 01, 2005, http://www.aafp.org/afp/20051001/1229.html)

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Reviewed/Updated: 02/14
Created: 04/06