More than one bowel movement a day could lead to serious diverticulitis

People who have more than one bowel movement a day are at higher risk of developing diverticulitis, according to a study that was just published in the January 2021 issue of Gastroenterologist. Diverticulitis occurs when marble-size pouches that protrude along the colon wall tear, causing abdominal pain, constipation, or less commonly, diarrhea. People with this condition also commonly report nausea, vomiting, inflammation, and fever.

Previously, it was understood that constipation and a low-fiber diet are risk factors for diverticulosis. But physician-scientist Judy Trieu, MD at Loyola University Medical Center says that instead of a low-fiber diet, it appears that those who end up going to the bathroom more than once a day to poop have a higher risk factor for diverticulitis. Her research took into account age, gender, race and socioeconomic conditions, so we know that those didn’t impact the results. Dr. Trieu did say that more studies are needed to understand exactly how multiple bowel movement can actually trigger the diverticulitis process.