Diverticulosis is a common condition that affects the colon, or large intestine. It occurs when small, bulging pouches (diverticula) develop in the lining of the colon. While many people with diverticulosis have no symptoms, others may experience abdominal pain, bloating, constipation, or diarrhea. If left untreated, diverticulosis can lead to more serious complications such as diverticulitis, an inflammation of the diverticula.
- Often no symptoms
- Abdominal pain (usually in the lower left side)
- Rectal bleeding (rare)
- Urgency to have a bowel movement (rare)
- Weakened or thinning areas of the colon wall
- Increased pressure in the colon (from constipation or straining during bowel movements)
- Obesity or being overweight
- Lack of physical activity
- Certain medications (e.g. opioids, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)
- Low-fiber diet (which can lead to constipation)
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