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Vitamin D: Important in prevention of diverticulitis?

Posted on: September 6, 2013   by  John Cannell, MD

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Researchers at Harvard recently uncovered a clue as to why some people with diverticulosis go on the develop diverticulitis and some do not. Diverticulosis is having out-pockets of the lining of the colon (diverticula) extruding through weaknesses in the muscular layers of the colon wall. When the diverticula get inflamed, it is diverticulitis, which eventually occurs in 10 – 25% of people with diverticulosis. Diverticulitis results in more than 200,000 hospitalizations that cost more than 2 billion dollars per year and can result in emergency surgery.

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3 Responses to Vitamin D: Important in prevention of diverticulitis?

  1. Michael

    My brother in law is a few years younger, 65, than me. He has had a dozen CAT and MRI etc scans, a new knee, type II diabetes, over-weight, clumsiness (Yes, let’s blame clumsiness on vitamin D deficiency — why not !!), gall bladder-ectomy, inflamed prostate, diverticulitis multiple times, colon polyps and who knows what other ailments. He hasn’t been in the sun for about 10-12 years when they stopped going camping.

    The anti-sunshine cancer scare is the biggest coup in medical money-grubbing history and the fall of the USA nation — just like when other civilizations died off due some over-sight or boo-boo error or administrative bad-thinking such as allowing lead in the water, arsenic in the produce, or whatever bad decisions and practices weakened and killed them off.

    It is amazing and sad how one man can eat a whole bucket of chicken and/or 3 rows of Oreo cookies at one sitting but be appalled, offended, and scared at the thought of taking more than 400 UIs of Vitamin D. It is both laughable and tragic comment on the mentality of the average American.

    Michael

  2. anniecmars@yahoo.com.au

    I have known for some time that raising my vitamin D level made an enormous difference in reducing the number of acute bouts of diverticulitis I suffer. I also need lots of magnesium and together they reduce acute attacks considerably. After being diagnosed with low vitamin D some years ago, I found my overall bowel function was improved and diverticulitis attacks reduced as well once I had raised my serum vitamin D level from 46 nmol/l to about 100 nmol/l. This meant (for me) taking about 10 X 1000iu capsules a day for some months.

  3. Rita and Misty

    Correcting one’s 25(OH)D level can result in miraculously wonderful health benefits. For ME: apparently early menopause was a reversible condition!

    I’m not a person easily swayed by my emotions, but I am always positively effected when I hear vitamin D miracle stories.

    That is NOT to say I think vitamin D is a cure all for everything.

    It is not.

    However, I do believe an optimal 25(OH)D level is necessary for a healthy life.

    For me, optimal is at the higher end of 50 ng/ml–80 ng/ml.

    PS…the Pollyanna in me does think we can be the miracle needed to end this vitamin D deficiency pandemic. The moment has not passed. WE are the moment we create.

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