Treatment of symptomatic diverticular disease with a high-fibre diet

Lancet. 1977 Mar 26;1(8013):664-6. doi: 10.1016/s0140-6736(77)92112-2.


The therapeutic value of increasing the daily dietary fibre intake was assessed over 3 months in a double-blind controlled trial of 18 patients. Significantly greater symptomatic relief was obtained by those on a high fibre regimen than by those in the control group, despite a marked initial placebo effect. The effectiveness of a high-fibre diet increased over the 3-month period.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Comparative Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Cellulose / administration & dosage*
  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Dietary Fiber / administration & dosage*
  • Dietary Fiber / therapeutic use
  • Diverticulitis, Colonic / diet therapy*
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Time Factors
  • Triticum


  • Dietary Fiber
  • Cellulose