People with a body mass index (BMI) of over 30 double their chances of developing the disease. However, a 2018 Mayo Clinic study indicated that it was not only tied to BMI but to an increase in waist circumference, specifically. This is because stomach fat increases an individual’s risk of developing diverticulitis. Some ongoing studies suggest that obesity changes the balance of bacteria in the gut, increasing the risk for diverticulitis. Maintaining a healthy body weight through regular exercise and a healthy diet may play a large role in preventing the disease.
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