Compare and contrast the dietary fiber recommendations for a patient with diverticulosis vs. a patient with diverticulitis. Explain these recommendations. What are the food sources of soluble and insoluble fibers? How do the two types of fiber function to support normal digestion? List the references you used to answer these questions.
"Capsule endoscopy (CE) has altered the study of the gastrointestinal tract." Do you agree with this statement? Provide the rationale from your research.
How does diet affect IBS? Based on your research, what nutritional interventions would you recommend for a patient diagnosed with IBS?
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Compare and contrast the dietary fiber recommendations for a patient with diverticulosis vs. a patient with diverticulitis. Explain these recommendations.
The amount of fiber within a populations diet is directly rated to the incidence of diverticular disease within that population. For example, individuals in the West typically have diets which are low in dietary fiber and have extremely high rates of diverticular incidence (as many as two-thirds will be affected age 85).1
It is speculated that a build up of pressure within the colon (intracolonic pressure) may be a contributing cause of diverticulosis. It is suggested that a fibre rich diet may reduce such pressure by means of providing bulk and humidifying stool so that it passes more easily through the large bowel. Fiber also reduces the degree of segmentation within stool which may be the mechanism by which prevention of diverticular disease is accomplished. As a result of the two previously mentioned connections, a diet rich in fiber is often recommended to patients with diverticulosis as a means of reducing the risk of occurrence.2
Diverticulitis (inflammation of diverticulum/diverticula) risk is also correlated to a diet low in fiber. As a form of treatment, a liquid diet that is free of indigestible matter is commonly ...
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