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    Nuts, Popcorn Found Safe, Maybe Helpful, for Bowel Condition

    Post by sang_garuda on Thu Aug 28, 2008 8:32 am

    Men with abnormal pouches in their bowels can safely eat nuts and popcorn, and those foods may even lower the chance of intestinal flare-ups, a study found.

    The University of Washington research, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, contradicts the advice of doctors who have told people with the condition known as diverticulosis to avoid those products. No studies have shown that to be true, the researchers said.

    One-third of the U.S. population will develop the condition by age 60, the researchers said. Inflammation, bleeding and obstructions may result, and treatment costs about $2.4 billion a year. While diverticulosis remains little understood, it may be linked to too little fiber in a diet, doctors say. Nuts and popcorn are high in fiber.

    ``For many doctors, hopefully they will not tell their patients that they can't have some of the foods that they enjoy and may actually be good for them, such as nuts,'' said Jennifer Christie, an Emory University gastroenterologist in Atlanta, who wasn't involved in the study, by telephone yesterday.

    Diverticulosis, occurs when a person has many small pouches in the lining of the large intestine, or colon, that bulge out through weak spots, causing discomfort like bloating or abdominal pain, according to the National Institutes of Health, a U.S. agency. When those pouches become inflamed, diverticulitis develops, which can lead to rectal bleeding, infection or an intestinal obstruction from scarring.

    Between 10 percent and 25 percent of people with diverticulosis develop diverticulitis, according to the U.S. government.

    Low-Fiber Culprit

    A lack of fiber can lead to constipation, which may make people strain on the toilet, increasing pressure on the colon and causing the colon lining to bulge out through weak spots. These bulges or pouches may then become inflamed when bacteria or stool are caught in them.

    Patients with the condition have been told to avoid nuts, popcorn and seeds because doctors thought particles from the foods may become lodged in the pouches, causing inflammation or bleeding, according to the study.

    Researchers analyzed data collected from an 18-year study that included 47,228 men ages 40 to 75 who filled out medical questionnaires about their health and diet every few years. The men didn't have diverticulosis at the start of the study.

    Study Findings

    Twenty-seven percent of men in the study ate nuts at least twice a week, and 15 percent ate corn or popcorn at least twice a week. Over the 18 years, 801 men developed diverticulitis and 383 diverticular bleeding.

    The researchers found that men who ate nuts at least twice a week had a 20 percent lower risk of diverticulitis than those who ate nuts once a month. And those who ate popcorn at least twice a week had a 28 percent lower risk of the condition, compared with those who ate popcorn less than once a month.

    The high amounts of fiber in nuts and popcorn may be one reason men who ate more of those foods had fewer complications from diverticulosis, said the lead author, Lisa Strate, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle. Nuts also may help reduce inflammation, she said yesterday in a telephone interview.

    The study was presented last year at Digestive Disease Week, a meeting of gastroenterologists, in Washington.

    Strate is studying other reasons, such as obesity and physical inactivity, that people may develop complications from diverticulosis. Future studies should look at whether high-fiber diets help, and whether a diet high in red meat contributes to complications, she said.

    ``We don't understand clearly why people get diverticulitis,'' she said.


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    Re: Nuts, Popcorn Found Safe, Maybe Helpful, for Bowel Condition

    Post by +loudest-scream+ on Sun Aug 31, 2008 8:30 am

    Nice Sharing....
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