Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Can Food Cause Diverticulosis Flare-ups?

By    |   Monday, 30 Dec 2013 05:47 PM

Question: How soon after a diverticulosis attack and completion of Cipro meds can you return to a more normal diet? Also could you suggest some foods I should eat to avoid another attack?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
 
Food selection does not affect your incidence of a diverticulitis flare-up. A high-fiber diet can prevent them and can also reduce the significance of the diverticulosis that you have. You may eat any foods you like, including tomatoes and nuts, which were once seen as a problem.
 
Diverticulosis is a pocketing disorder of the bowel wall that may be associated with chronic constipation. A high-fiber diet reduces the pressures generated within the colon to propel the bowel contents forward, and will reduce the distension of these pockets. Proper treatment will normalize bowel function and prevent constipation. The use of Cipro or other antibiotics should be prescribed only for specific flare-ups of diverticulitis and not used for diverticulosis management.
 
Obtain a list of high-fiber foods from your doctor or dietitian, or Google recommendations from the National Institutes of Health. Most of these foods are unprocessed vegetables, grains, or fruits. A whole bran or even psyllium supplement (such as Metamucil) can also be taken. But be sure to drink plenty of water with it to avoid constipation effect or loose stools.

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