In common with other Western nations, Australia has some of the highest rates of diverticulosis in the world, with studies showing that it affects approximately 50% of those aged over 60. But what is it – and what are the differences between diverticulosis, diverticulitis and diverticular disease?
- Diverticular disease refers to a group of conditions affecting the digestive tract. Formations or pouches known as diverticula are the key component to diverticulitis and appear most often in the colon (large intestine).
- Diverticulosis is when the pouches are present but are not inflamed.
- Diverticulitis is the most serious condition of diverticula disease, presenting swollen and infected diverticula.
Causes of Diverticulitis
While diverticulosis is extremely common especially in older people, diverticulitis is less common and much more severe. Diverticulitis occurs when a small puncture appears in the diverticula or faecal matter becomes lodged in the pouches and causes inflammation or infection. Studies have shown that the disease is less common in Asia and Africa compared to western countries such as Europe, Australia and America. This leads researchers to believe that stress and a western diet plays a role in the development of diverticula.
These facts point toward low-fibre diets being a leading cause, with harder stool consistency leading to more pressure being used to push them along and then pass a bowel movement. Research also shows that genetics may play a role and that vegetarians are less likely to develop the condition. There are also studies that suggest lack of exercise, smoking and some medications may lead to the disease.
Diverticulitis Symptoms Australia
Due to diverticular disease consisting of a range of conditions, it’s important to know the differences between the afflictions.
While diverticulosis is usually asymptomatic, it may affect the way your bowel works, resulting in:
- Abdominal pain and bloating
- Constipation and diarrhoea
- Blood in your stool
Diverticulitis on the other hand causes painful and uncomfortable symptoms and can be classed as a medical emergency. If the pouches retain faeces and become infected, common symptoms include:
- Rectal bleeding
- Changes in bowel habit
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea, feeling sick and/or vomiting
- Constipation or diarrhoea
- Fever or high temperature
- Left-sided abdominal pain
Diverticulitis can be a very serious condition, with many suffers being hospitalised, and can go on to develop complications. It is therefore important to start supporting your digestive system through diet, eliminating food intolerances and using natural remedies designed specifically for digestive support.
Capalaba Natural Health Diverticulitis Treatment
Capalaba Natural Health offer natural therapy solutions for those suffering from an acute or chronic illness – including diverticulitis. With the relevant qualifications and the dedication to developing their clinical expertise regularly, the team at Capalaba Natural Health are passionate about natural medicine and improving client health.
Treating Diverticulitis generally focuses on relieving any symptoms you may be experiencing through a changed diet, eliminating food intolerances and providing natural remedies designed to reduce pain and inflammation in the gut. This approach has helped many people suffering from diverticulitis achieve the relief they are seeking. For maintaining your improvements long term. we recommend that you look at maintaining good gut health through eating a healthy diet which also eliminates your food intolerances. By doing some gut repair and improving the quality of the gut microbiome, you will achieve considerable improvements in your digestive health and diverticulitis symptoms. After all, the gut is the seat of your good health … so it’s important to look after it well.
Diverticulitis Service Areas
Based in Capalaba, our client services extend throughout the entire Redland Bayside region and we are often sought out by people from across Brisbane’s southside, when they learn of our special interest in this area. Our qualified naturopath has nearly 12 years’ experience in the industry. With consultations that consider you as a whole and not just your symptoms – along with thorough, non-invasive, in-house testing – we have built a reputable foundation for unparalleled service. Our naturopath clinic is convenient for those living or working in:
- Redland Bay
- Victoria Point
- Alexandra Hills
- Wellington Point
At Capalaba Natural Health, we aim to alleviate your pain as soon as possible as well as prevent further issues. Once we identify the underlying drivers of your condition we can tailor a treatment plan to reduce your immediate symptoms and restore your ongoing digestive health. Our award-winning naturopath specialises in gut health, providing natural and organic solutions to ease your pain and improve your digestive system.
Book your consultation now to start living a healthier life on (07) 3823 3103.