• Statistics

    • The risk for symptomatic diverticular disease is negligible for 35 year olds or younger. However, at age 55 the risk increases by a factor of 10 and at 75 years the risk has increased to 40.
    • A diverticulum is when the inner lining of the large bowel (colon) is pushed out through weak spots in the muscle causing a pouch or sac. Diverticulosis is the presence of diverticula (plural), saclike protrusions of the wall of the large bowel.
    • Direct costs associated with diverticular disease are $88.6 million per year.
    • The management of diverticular disease costs Canadians $90.3 million each year.
    • 50% of Canadians over the age of 80 years develop diverticular disease.
    • The high rate of hospitalization and surgery makes diverticular disease one of the 5 most expensive digestive diseases to manage ahead of irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel diseases.
    • In Ontario, the prevalence of symptomatic diverticular disease necessitating hospitalization is three times higher than the national average.
    • Every year, more than 400 Canadians die due to complications associated with diverticular disease.
    • Each year 3,309 Canadians require life-saving surgical intervention to treat their diverticular disease.
    • In excess of 130,000 Canadians have diverticular disease.
    • In Canada, 13,000 people each year are admitted to hospital for diverticular disease.
    • Recurrent bleeding episodes in patients with diverticulosis dramatically increases healthcare costs for this disease.
    • At present, there are no known risk factors other than advanced age.

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