Diverticular Disease Targets Inactive Overweight Women

pre diabetes diet weight loss for metabolic syndrome gut healthThe proper prediabetes diet and management of metabolic syndrome along with some exercise-movement reduces body weight and helps prevent overweight condition.

Reduced body weight decreases the odds of being afflicted with yet another gastrointestinal disorder known as diverticular disease.  I have recently posted on the association of obesity with colorectal cancer. Diverticular disease is yet another “gut disease” of the colon that appears to be more prevalent among inactive people with an elevated body mass index (BMI).

A study, published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, is purported to be the largest yet to look at the relationship between lifestyle, weight and the intestinal diverticular disease.  It found that women who are overweight or don’t exercise are more likely to be hospitalized for this disease of the large intestine. Diverticular disease involves the formation of bulging pouches in the wall lining of the intestine. These damaged areas can become inflamed and infected.

The researchers looked at data from 36,592 women who participated in a health survey in 1997 and were followed through 2009. The survey questionnaire included exercise, diet, smoking, time spent watching TV and reading, and other lifestyle and health history details, as well as the BMI of each woman.

The researchers tracked which women were hospitalized for diverticular disease and found that 628 were admitted to the hospital because of diverticular disease, and 98 of them had a perforation or pus-filled mass in the colon.

Compared to women who had a normal BMI, which is considered 20 to 25:

  • overweight women with a BMI of 25 to 30 were 29% more likely to have diverticular disease.
  • obese women with a BMI over 30 were 33% more likely to have this problem.

The amount of physical activity also showed an association with this disease. Those women who exercised less than 30 minutes a day had a 42% increased risk of going to the hospital compared to women who worked out more than 30 minutes daily.

pre diabetes metabolic syndrome management for gut healthPoor gut health is repeatedly tied to obesity, being overweight, and more generally to metabolic health including diabetes. Healthy diet—-Healthy gut. Healthy gut—Healthy Body. The question that Nutrientology attempts to address is what is meant by a healthy diet. As I say on one of the “menu pages,” there are a lot of dietary approaches. Nutrientology tries to sort this out through presentation and analysis of the scientific literature on this topic.

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About Robert Creighton

Dr. Creighton is a podiatrist and foot surgeon with over 26 years in podiatric practice treating thousands of patients afflicted with the physiological, physical, and psychological side effects and complications of diabetes and pre-diabetes metabolic syndrome. He believes these disorders present a pressing public health concern that need to be more actively addressed in a multidisciplinary way. Dr. Creighton graduated from what is now the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine after receiving his undergraduate degree in Biology. He is certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery, a member of the American Public Health Association, an American College of Sports Medicine certified personal trainer and a Member of the American Nutrition Association.

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