Who gets diverticular disease?

Your risk for diverticular disease, or diverticulosis, increases as you age. In the U.S., about 60% of people will have diverticulosis by age 60. Studies have shown obesity, smoking and a diet high in fats and red meat to be associated with diverticular disease. Vigorous physical activity and a high fiber diet may protect us from this problem.

Many people get diverticular disease. Starting at the age of 40, the chance of getting the disease increases about every 10 years. About half of people between the ages of 60 and 80 have diverticular disease. Almost everyone over the age of 80 has it.

This answer is based on source information from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

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