Go vegetarian to ward off bowel disorder

A vegetarian diet seems to stave off common bowel disorder, characterised by cramps, gas, feeling of fullness, bouts of constipation or diarrhoea, say researchers.

The disorder, known as diverticular disease, can attack suddenly. It causes intestinal bleeding, serious infections, blockage in the digestive system and can rupture the colon, which empties stools into the abdomen.

Previous research has blamed low fibre diet for diverticular disease but there was little evidence to substantiate this, the bmj.com reports.

Francesca Crowe and team from the Cancer Epidemiology unit at the University of Oxford examined the link between a vegetarian diet and fibre intake with the risk of diverticular disease, according to an Oxford statement.

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