The Protective Role of Dietary Fiber in Diverticular Disease

Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 427)


Diverticular disease is one of the most common disorders of the colon among the elderly in Western societies (1). In North America diverticular disease is estimated to occur in one third of all persons older than 45 years of age, and in two thirds of all persons older than 85 years of age (2). In the great majority of cases the condition is symptomless (3), and only between 10 to 25 percent of affected individuals develop symptoms (2). Symptomatic diverticular disease results in 200,000 hospitalizations in the USA annually (4).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of NutritionHarvard School of Public HealthUSA
  2. 2.Division of Community MedicineMemorial University of NewfoundlandCanada

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