A patient with diverticulosis is being instructed on disease management. The nurse instructs the patient to consume a diet including which of the following?

High in fiber
High in water intake

Explanation

• Constipation should be prevented for a patient with diverticulosis by increasing fiber and water intake. The patient may also be prescribed bulk laxatives.

• Nuts and almonds are high in fat and may contribute to complications as pieces of nuts may lodge in the diverticula.

• A low-roughage diet is one low in fiber and not recommended unless having an acute attack of diverticulitis.  However, this patient is not having an acute attack of diverticulitis.

• A diet low in vegetables will not provide the patient with enough nutrients or fiber.

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