The lifetime risk of developing diverticulitis varies depending on several factors such as age, diet, lifestyle, and genetics. However, studies suggest that the overall lifetime risk of developing diverticulitis is around 10-25%.
Diverticulitis is a condition where small, bulging pouches (diverticula) in the digestive tract become inflamed or infected. It commonly affects people over the age of 50 and is more prevalent in developed countries where diets are low in fiber.
Factors that may increase the risk of developing diverticulitis include a low-fiber diet, obesity, smoking, lack of physical activity, certain medications, and a family history of the condition.
It is important to note that while diverticulitis can be a serious condition, many people with diverticula never develop diverticulitis or have only mild symptoms. If you have concerns about your risk of developing diverticulitis, it is best to speak with your healthcare provider.