Thursday, June 17, 2010
Nuts and Seeds OK in Diverticulosis in Men
In a study completed through the University of Washington, Strat et al. found that nut, corn, and popcorn consumption was not associated with an increased risk of new diverticulitis or diverticular complications, but instead inverse relationships were observed between nut and popcorn consumption and the risk of diverticulitis. After adjustment for other known and potential risk factors for diverticular complications, men with the highest intake of nuts (at least twice per week) had a 20 percent lower risk of diverticulitis compared with men with the lowest intake (less than once per month); men with the highest intake of popcorn had a 28 percent lower risk of diverticulitis compared with men with the lowest intake. No association was seen between corn consumption and diverticulitis, and for diverticular bleeding, there were no significant associations observed for nut, corn, or popcorn consumption.
Implication for practice: A diet that is restrictive in nuts, seeds, and popcorn appears to be unnecessary in treating diverticulitis or diverticular complications.
Source: Lisa L. Strate; Yan L. Liu; Sapna Syngal; Walid H. Aldoori; Edward L. Giovannucci JAMA. 2008;300(8):907-914.