Preventing diverticular disease. Review of recent evidence on high-fibre diets.Can Fam Physician. 2002 Oct; 48:1632-7.CF
To review recent evidence on dietary factors associated with diverticular disease (DD) with special emphasis on dietary fibre.
QUALITY OF EVIDENCE
MEDLINE was searched from January 1966 to December 2001 for articles on the relationship between dietary and other lifestyle factors and DD. Most articles either focused on dietary intervention in treating symptomatic DD or were case-control studies with inherent limitations for studying diet-disease associations. Only one large prospective study of male health professionals in the United States assessed diet at baseline and before initial diagnosis of DD.
A diet high in fibre and low in total fat and red meat and a lifestyle with more physical activity might help prevent DD.