Studies have proven that diet, exercise, and other healthy behaviors may decrease the risk of a first episode of diverticulitis. However, there have not been studies on how these behaviors may or may not keep diverticulitis from coming back. The Investigation of Medical Management to Prevent Episodes of Diverticulitis (IMPEDE) Trial is comparing how two eating patterns affect quality of life for people with diverticulitis, as well as how markers in the blood related to inflammation change. The two eating patterns are increasing the amount of fiber eaten and a Mediterranean-style diet and education program, called Medi For All. Medi For All includes education and support on eating a Mediterranean-style diet, and is designed to support everyone, regardless of food budget or cultural eating preferences.
The IMPEDE trial will:
- Compare the Medi For All education and support program to usual advice to increase the amount of fiber eaten among an initial group of 75 patients with diverticulitis.
- Examine markers in blood and stool related to inflammation to determine the effects that each eating pattern has on the inflammatory markers.
Interested in learning more about participating in the IMPEDE trial?
Contact us at impede(@)uw(dot)edu or (206) 221-8247.