My friend is relieved that all his test results are in from his colonoscopy. All tests revealed that he does not have colon cancer. His diagnosis was “diverticulosis”.
Diverticulosis is a condition that develops when pouches (diverticula) form in the wall of the colon (large intestine). He told me that most people go undiagnosed for years until the symptoms appear as “painful diverticular”. These are the same symptoms as those of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), including diarrhea and cramping abdominal pain, with no fever or other sign of an infection. He has done a 360 on his diet change, and most of his symptoms are slowing disappearing.
He had to give up some of his regular menu choices of eating red meat, white bread, pasta and potatoes and 1-2 weekly visits to his favorite fast food restaurant along with his weekly 12-pack of soda. I think giving up his soda was the hardest, because he says he hates the taste of water. I am still figuring that one out.
He also had to eliminate drinking alcohol in general because his liver enzymes were too high. His most recent liver enzyme testing showed that his bilirubin levels are almost normal. I suggested that he take a Milk Thistle supplement a few months ago and it’s a good thing that he has been taking that faithfully twice a day.
I have been preaching to him for years about the benefits of exercising and making proper food choices. One day I just gave up. Our good intentions for our closet family and friends are sometimes answered in the most unusual circumstances! He is now eating a diet high in fiber (about 25 grams) daily, incorporating more lean meats, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds along with giving up soda in exchange for at least 2 liters of water a day.
Let’s make a choice to be proactive, not reactive, in our life choices!