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Fiber as therapy
For many older adults, being told they have small pouches (diverticula) along the wall of their large intestine (colon) — diverticular disease — comes as a surprise. But it's a common surprise. It's estimated that 60 percent of Americans have diverticula by age 60, and that percentage keeps climbing with age.
Most people learn they have diverticular disease as a result of a colon exam done for another reason, such as screening for polyps and colorectal cancer. However, some people learn of their diverticular disease after a painful attack caused by the inflammation of a diverticular pouch (diverticulitis).