After the death of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, on December 31, 2022, Pope Francis spoke about his state of health, his critics and the next phase of his pontificate, which celebrated its 10th anniversary on March, without the shadow of his predecessor in the background.
“I am healthy. For my age, I’m normal,” the 86-year-old dad said on Tuesday, January 24, although he explained that diverticulosis, bags that form on the wall of the intestine, “is back.” In 2021, Francis removed 33 centimeters of his large intestine due to what the Vatican described as inflation caused by a shrinking colon.
He added that the minor knee fracture caused by the fall was healed without surgery, after laser treatment and magnetotherapy.
“I will die tomorrow, but come on, it’s under control. I am in good health,” Pope Francis told The Associated Press.
What is diverticulosis?
Diverticulosis is a disease that occurs when small pouches or sacs form that protrude from weak points in the wall of the colon. It is not usually malignant or causes colon cancer.
These bags are known as diverticula, they are mainly in the lower part of the colon, known as the sigmoid colon, details the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIH).
What are the symptoms of diverticulosis?
Diverticula are very common, especially in people over 40 years of age, and rarely cause any problems; However, in some cases, they may cause the following symptoms:
- Pain that can be persistent and constant for several days. People with this condition usually feel it in the lower left side of the abdomen. However, sometimes the pain becomes worse in the lower right side of the abdomen.
- Nausea and vomiting.
- Abdominal tenderness.
- Constipation or, less commonly, diarrhea.