It is hard to determine the exact
incidence of diverticulosis (the formation of pouches in the wall of the large
intestine), because most people who have colon pouches do not have symptoms.
In general, diverticulosis becomes more likely with age.
About 20 out of 100 people who
have been diagnosed with diverticulosis develop diverticulitis. This occurs
when the pouches along the large intestine become inflamed or infected. Men and
women are affected almost equally.1
Here are some ways to prevent cirrhosis of the liver:
If you drink, know your limits and do not exceed them. Keep in mind, though, that alcohol tolerance can vary greatly from one person to the next.
Doctors often advise people to set a daily limit of one or two drinks and to avoid drinking every day.
Avoid uncooked shellfish.
Never mix alcohol and drugs. Some medications, including acetaminophen, react with alcohol and can damage the liver.
Avoid exposure to industrial chemicals,...