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Fibre and bowel transit times

  • J. S. S. Gear (a1), A. J. M. Brodribb (a1), Alison Ware (a1) and J. I. Mannt (a1)
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1. Bowel transit time has been investigated in vegetarians and non-vegetarians and related to dietary fibre intake and the presence of diverticular disease.

2. Vegetarians who have less diverticular disease than non-vegetarians have more rapid transit times.

3. Subjects with total dietary fibre intake of more than 30 g/d all had transit times of less than 75 h whereas 38% of those eating less had transit times exceeding 75 h and varying up to 124 h.

4. Individuals with diverticular disease were found to have faster transit times than those without the disease.

5. The colon may respond to a fibre-depleted diet either by becoming hyperactive and prone to diverticular disease or by becoming hypoactive leading to constipation.

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