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Diverticulosis diagnosis doesn't mean diverticulitis is inevitable

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: After my last colonoscopy, I was told I have diverticulosis. Will this lead to diverticulitis? I currently have no symptoms but wonder if I should do anything to prevent it from progressing.

ANSWER: Although the two conditions are related, and diverticulosis is a risk factor for diverticulitis, many people who have diverticulosis never go on to have diverticulitis. In those who do eventually develop diverticulitis, it is not clear what causes the condition, so it's difficult to know how to prevent it. A healthy diet and regular exercise may help.

Diverticulosis is a condition that affects the gastrointestinal tract. Small sacs, called diverticula, bulge out...

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