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Unprocessed Bran in Treatment of Diverticular Disease of the Colon

Br Med J 1972; 2 doi: (Published 15 April 1972) Cite this as: Br Med J 1972;2:137
  1. Neil S. Painter,
  2. Anthony Z. Almeida,
  3. Kenneth W. Colebourne


    Seventy patients with diverticular disease of the colon were treated with a high-residue, low-sugar diet including unprocessed bran. Follow-up for an average of 22 months showed marked relief of symptoms in 62 patients. Bowel habit was restored towards normal and abdominal discomfort relieved. Only seven patients were unable to give up the use of laxatives. Eight patients did not tolerate the bran diet, and one of these needed surgical treatment. None of the 62 patients who took the diet needed surgery.