Despite centuries of looking, no one’s stumbled across the Fountain of Youth just yet. So, given that aging’s a fact of life, it’s not a bad idea to be aware of how it affects how our bodies operate.
Take the digestive system, for example. By maintaining a healthy weight, eating properly and getting exercise, we do a lot to keep our gut working properly. But as we age we become more prone to conditions such as diverticulitis, where a portion of the intestine becomes inflamed and infected. This can cause changes in bowel movements, cramping, pain, fever and nausea.
Because we are more prone to developing diverticula, or small pouches in our intestines, after we turn 40, it’s good to be aware of diverticulitis and take steps to lessen our risk. Those include:
- Eating more fiber. More fiber in the diet means softer stools and a less disrupted colorectal system.
- Diet and exercise. We said it before, but it bears repeating: Eating properly and staying physically fit benefit the entire body, including the digestive tract.
- Stop smoking. Research indicates that smokers are at a higher risk for diverticulitis.
If you think you might be a victim of diverticulitis, contact us today to set up a time to talk.