Diverticular disease - becomes increasingly common as we get older. Half
of us over 60 have some. Most people have no symptoms, occasionally causes
changes in bowel habits, abdominal pain and more rarely, severe
inflammation, which occasionally needs major surgery to correct. It doesn’t predispose you to cancer.
Major symptoms can be controlled by changes
in the diet. Going to the loo more frequently? Unlike
other bowel conditions, try reducing the amount of fibre you eat - try white
bread and rice, avoid cereals with wheat fibres, reduce fruit, take normal
amounts of veg. Loose stools - do the same but if changing the diet doesn’t
work, try anti-diarrhoea medication from the chemist. Only rarely should
surgery be needed.