Diverticulosis Treatment Specialist in Merced CA
Here at Dr. Alfred B Johnson, MD, our team of medical professionals specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of diverticulosis. To consult our professionals, call us or schedule an appointment. We are conveniently located at 240 East 13th Street Merced, CA 95341.
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Taking care of your gastrointestinal system is important for your gut health, immune strength, brain function, hormone levels, and overall well-being. Some of the advanced procedures Dr. Alfred B Johnson can perform to get your digestive health back on track, include anti-reflux surgery, laparoscopic surgery, cancer treatment, hernia repairs, and much more. One of the conditions that can be treated at our clinic is called diverticulosis. Below is everything you may need to know about diverticulosis treatment in Merced, CA.
Diverticulosis is an inflammatory condition that can weaken the wall of your colon. Diverticula disease occurs when bulges form in the large intestine and cause increased pressure in the colon. These pockets of air can range in size and lead to a more severe condition called diverticulitis. Diverticulitis occurs when the bulges in your colon become infected. While mild cases of diverticulosis can be treated with diet change, diverticulitis may need to be treated with IV antibiotics and surgery to fix any colon and/or rectal damage.
Diverticulosis can happen because of pressure changes in the digestive tract. Naturally weak areas of your colon can give way due to a buildup of waste. This can cause symptoms including:
• Pain in the lower left side of your abdomen
• Abdominal tenderness
• Rectal bleeding
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms of diverticulosis or other colon diseases, make sure to seek care from your healthcare provider. With the right diagnosis, your condition can be treated and fully cured within a week.
Diverticulosis is a very common condition that affects about 50% of people over the age of 60 and the large majority of people above the age of 80. Though there is no known cause of diverticulosis, people at a higher risk for this condition include:
• Those who don’t eat enough fiber
• People who eat high amounts of fat and red meat
• Anyone who regularly takes nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, opioids, or steroids
• Patients who are overweight, especially with a BMI of over 30
• Those who are over the age of 40
The team at Dr. Alfred B Johnson suggests you follow these simple recommendations for the prevention of diverticulosis:
1. Increase Fiber Intake
Fiber pulls water into the stool which can make it much easier to move through the large intestine. High-fiber foods we recommend you start intentionally adding to your diet include berries, broccoli, chickpeas, whole-wheat grains, lentils, barley, and avocado. If you struggle with knowing what foods to eat to boost your health, your physician can recommend you to a nutritionist.
2. Stay Plenty Hydrated
Staying hydrated and drinking between 3-4 liters of water a day will help your stool stay soft enough to pass. This will reduce the likelihood of becoming constipated and increase the pressure on your colon.
Exercise is another amazing way to support your gut health. Physical movement helps encourage the growth of healthy bacteria and butyrate. Butyrate reduces inflammation in the digestive tract, repairs gut lining, and prevents conditions like inflammatory bowel disease and diverticulosis. If you have any additional questions about Dr. Alfred B Johnson or about diverticulosis treatment, call our clinic or request an appointment online. Our team would love to help get you back on track by providing you with the gastrointestinal health care you deserve. Diverticulosis treatment specialists in Merced, CA, can get your gut back to its normal healthy self. Dr. Alfred B Johnson looks forward to your visit soon! For more information, call us or schedule an appointment. We are conveniently located at 240 East 13th Street Merced, CA 95341. We serve patients from Merced CA, Atwater CA, Winton CA, Bear Creek CA, Planada CA, Le Grand CA, and Athlone CA.