Gender Ethnicracial And Life Span Considerations

Diverticular disease is rare in those under 40 years of age. When the disorder does occur before age 40, it can usually be attributed to a congenital predisposition. From 30% to 60% of people with diverticular disease are between 60 and 80 years old. As people age, structural changes in both genders occur in the muscular layers of the colon, which places the elderly at risk for the disease. By age 85 years, two-thirds of the population has the condition. Diverticular disease is primarily a disease of industrialized Western societies, probably because diet may influence the prevalence. The male-to-female ratio is equal. Ethnicity and race have no known effects on the risk for diverticular disease.

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