What is diverticulitis?
Diverticulitis is a digestive disease in which pouches (diverticula) form in the wall of the colon and become inflamed or infected. Doctors are not entirely sure what causes the formation of diverticula, but many suggest that a low-fiber diet plays a crucial role because lack of fibrous food pressures the colon to work harder than normal in order to push the stool forward. The weak areas of the colon are most prone to being affected, and if bacteria start to grow in the pouches, it can lead to inflammation or infection.
Interestingly enough, the pain was usually felt on the left side in most North American and European cases, whereas in Asia pain usually occurs on the right side. The disease becomes more frequent with age, and people aged over 50 are the most common demographic which suffers from diverticulitis.