February 2, 2010
You should have listened when your mother said, “Eat your fruits and vegetables.” About half of all people over age 60 have diverticulosis and 10 to 25 percent of those people will develop diverticulitis, both a form of diverticular disease, which many doctors believe is caused by a low fiber diet or a diet lacking in fruits and vegetables.
Diverticular disease occurs when people have small pouches, called diverticulum, in the lining of the colon or large intestine that bulge outward through weak spots. Treatment may vary from diet changes to surgery, depending on the seriousness of the problem.
Timothy Adams, MD, a colon and rectal surgeon at Kenmore Mercy Hospital, will present “Diverticular disease: What do I need to know?” on March 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Williamsville Diagnostic Center located at 400 International Drive, Williamsville. During the free program, hosted by Catholic Health’s HealthConnection, Dr. Adams will discuss the causes, symptoms, and treatment of diverticular disease.
Learn what you can do to prevent and control diverticular disease by attending this free program. Registration is required and space is limited.
For more information, or to register for “Diverticular disease: What do I need to know?,” call Catholic Health's HealthConnection at 706-2112.