As we grow older, our intestinal lining becomes thin, losing strength and elasticity. Diverticula (small pouches of tissue) bulge through the weak areas of your intestinal lining. About 1/3 of all American adults have at least a couple of diverticula. This is called Diverticulosis.
This isn't that big of a deal. BUT--
In about 1/5 of people with diverticulosis, the diverticula become irritated or infected. This is referred to as Diverticulitis.
According to an article in Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal, diverticular disease accounts for over a million hospital and doctor's visits in the United States.
That got your attention, didn't it? Check back tomorrow for common symptoms of diverticular disease.
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