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Red Meat Linked to Greater Risk of Diverticulitis

By jeremyc | January 9, 2017

Red meat increases the risk of Diverticulitis, according to new research.

Diverticula are small pouches form in the lining of the digestive tract. Usually these pouches form in the colon. Diverticula are fairly common, especially in people over 40. They rarely cause problems.

With that said, sometimes one of these small, bulging pouches become infected or inflamed. This condition is called diverticulitis and produces uncomfortable symptoms. The patient can experience severe abdominal pain and nausea, apart from a change in bowel habits.

A combination of dietary changes, antibiotics, and rest is recommended to patients with mild diverticulitis. When diverticulitis is severe or recurs again and again, surgery might be necessary. Every year, nearly 210,000 hospital admissions occur because of this condition in the U.S.

What’s more worrying is the fact that in recent years, more and more young people are getting affected by diverticulitis. Smoking, lack of exercise, and use of NSAIDs are some common risk factors.

Till now, the effect of diet on this inflammatory condition hadn’t been investigated in detail. For this study, the researchers focused on data of 46,500 men regarding their fish, poultry, and meat intake.

The researchers found that people with highest consumption of red meat had a 58 percent greater risk of diverticulitis than those with lowest red meat consumption.

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