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HCA Neighborhood Health Watch: preventing diverticulosis

It's estimated half of all Americans will develop diverticulosis by age 60. It refers to a condition where small pockets form in the colon, but if infected, it can lead to a more serious condition called diverticulitis.

The most common sign of infection is tenderness around the left side of the lower abdomen. Other symptoms may include mild cramps, bloating and constipation.

Most people will never develop any discomfort, but Dr. Cary Gentry of Colon & Rectal Specialists and HCA Virginia says there are some things you can do to prevent diverticulosis.

" You want to, if you can, get 25 grams of fiber a day, 64 ounces of water a day, exercise regularly and have a normal bowel function once or twice a day."

Dr. Gentry explains a colonoscopy is used to diagnosis diverticulosis. A CAT scan is used to diagnosis diverticulitis.

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