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Does yogurt help with divertiulosis symptons?Is there any OTC meds to help improve mild case of diverticulitis?

 

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First, it's important to point out the difference between diverticulosis and diverticulitis. Diverticulosis is the formation of pouches or pockets in the colon wall. When these pouches get inflamed, that is diverticulitis, and it needs a doctor's attention.

The typical diet recommended during inflammation (diverticulitis) is low fiber and gradually increasing fiber when things improve. But the research is not clear that high fiber diets are beneficial for preventing the disease.  Regardless of this ambiguity, a healthy diet and lifestyle are important. See this article http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/news/20120123/fiber-may-not-prevent-diverticular-disease.

This has led researchers to look at changing the bacteria that resides in the gut as a way of helping people suffering with diverticulosis.  There is some research that probiotics, live microorganisms that are beneficial to health, can delay the return of symptoms. So including foods with probiotics may be helpful such as kefir, yogurt and yogurt drinks.  Ask your gastrointestinal doctor if he or she recommends a probiotic supplement. For more on probiotics see this article http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/tc/probiotics-topic-overview Good luck!

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