How Are Diverticulitis and Stress Linked?

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Stress is thought to be the cause of many different health conditions, as it may put undue strain on the body. It is possible that stress plays a role in the development of diverticulitis as it is estimated that in 60 percent of cases the condition occurs due to environmental causes. Stress on the digestive system commonly experienced because of low fiber diets. Diets high in fat may also cause diverticulitis. This inflammatory condition is more commonly seen in the elderly, compared to the young. While the exact pathophysiology behind how stress may cause diverticulitis is not well understood, we do know that stress can cause inflammation. This inflammation may be a factor that potentially leads to the development of diverticulitis. Experiencing high amounts of stress is well known to disrupt digestion and many other functions of the body. It is believed that when the body thinks it is under attack during times of stress, it responds by directing more blood and oxygen to the muscle and brain. This diversion of resources takes away from the immune and digestive systems, leading to the increased chance of problem development. It is almost impossible to avoid all forms of stress in this hectic world we live in. What we can do is learn how to control it. Much of the stress that we experience is often self-inflicted, so it can be modified if we properly acknowledge its sources. Keyword: diverticulitis stress