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Source of dietary fiber and diverticular disease incidence: a prospective study of UK women.

​Adequate intake of fiber-rich foods, especially fruits and cereals, may help guard against the development of diverticular disease in women.

This study examined the effect of different sources of dietary fiber on diverticular disease risk in women residing in the United Kingdom. Researchers collated and analyzed data on the intake of fiber from different food sources and the diverticular disease incidence in 690,075 middle-aged women recruited from a large UK prospective study.

The team of researchers observed that habitual consumption of foods loaded with fiber decreased the risk of developing diverticular disease in the study population. Fiber from fruits was found to have the strongest diverticular disease protective effect, followed by fiber from whole grains. Data from this study suggest that increased consumption of foods rich in fiber, especially fruits and cereals, may reduce the incidence of diverticular disease in the women.

Research Summary Information

  • 2014
  • Crowe FL, Balkwill A, Cairns BJ, Appleby PN, Green J, Reeves GK, Key TJ, Beral V; Million Women Study Collaborators; Million Women Study Collaborators.
  • Cancer Epidemiology Unit, Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK.
  • Yes, Free full text of study was found:
  • No. Source of funding disclosure not found
  • No. Potential conflicts disclosure not found
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