Symptomless diverticular disease and intake of dietary fibre

Lancet. 1979 Mar 10;1(8115):511-4. doi: 10.1016/s0140-6736(79)90942-5.


A study is reported in which the prevalence of symptomless diverticular disease of the colon is related to the consumption of dietary fibre in vegetarians and non-vegetarians. Vegetarians had a significantly higher mean fibre intake (41.5 g/day) than non-vegetarians (21.4 g/day). Diverticular disease was commoner in non-vegetarians (33%) than in vegetarians (12%). Comparison of subjects with and without diverticular disease in the vegetarian and non-vegetarian groups provided some further evidence that a low intake of cereal fibre is associated with the presence of diverticular disease.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Barium Sulfate
  • Cellulose*
  • Diet, Vegetarian*
  • Dietary Fiber*
  • Diverticulum, Colon / diagnostic imaging
  • Diverticulum, Colon / epidemiology*
  • Diverticulum, Colon / etiology
  • England
  • Feeding Behavior*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Nutrition Surveys
  • Radiography
  • Surveys and Questionnaires


  • Dietary Fiber
  • Barium Sulfate
  • Cellulose