The treatment of diverticulitis is the opposite to that of diverticulosis. During the inflamed stage of the disease care should be taken to limit fibre in the diet to avoid further upset or inflammation and to allow the bowel time to rest. In many cases a fluid diet may be prescribed to ease the burden on the bowel during times of inflammation.Decreasing fibre in the diet during this stage of the disorder aid in limiting the substances passing through the inflamed section.
The individual is required to continue on a low fibre diet over a month long period, after which symptoms should have subsided. At this point in time a high fibre diet may be resumed.
Previous studies have revealed that in some cases, those suffering from a colonic disease such as diverticulitis may consequently suffer from lactose malabsorption. This means that the body is unable to absorb lactose from foods or fluids.
Lactose is a form of sugar present in milk and other dairy products. In the event that the body is unable to absorb lactose the individual may suffer from diarrhoea, abdominal pain and abdominal bloating after eating dairy products.
For this reason it may be necessary for an individual to select lactose free dairy products whilst diverticulitis persists.
Once the condition has been appropriately treated and subsided, the individual should be able to resume dairy products, as studies have shown that lactose malabsorption subsides once diverticulitis has been treated.
Very few studies have been done in the area of lactose malabsorption resulting from colonic disease, therefore current evidence is still slightly controversial. If you find you are suffering from any of the aforementioned symptoms of lactose malabsorption it would be wise to inform your doctor.