Do you suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?

Posted by Alexander on March 6th, 2014 (Health)

Hydrogen/methane breath testing for Fructose, Lactose and Sorbitol malabsorption (key triggers for IBS type symptoms) is now available at our clinics.

A Hydrogen / Methane Breath Test is a painless and non-invasive test that helps to diagnose gastrointestinal disorders and food intolerances – in particular, sugar malabsorption, such as lactose intolerance and fructose malabsorption, which may contribute to IBS.

Many of us malabsorb some of the sugars commonly found in our everyday food and drink, including fructose, lactose and sorbitol. Malabsorption of these sugars is a key trigger of IBS-type symptoms such as diarrhoea and/or constipation, bloating, excess/bad smelling flatulence, headaches and lack of energy.

The hydrogen/methane breath testing is the first step in a simple, two-step process to treating IBS or Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO). The second step is to obtain specialist guidance with a dietitian on modifying your diet while managing your nutritional intake, to manage and minimise any IBS-type symptoms.

Hamilton Dietetics have partnered with Stream Diagnostics who provide these non-invasive and simple tests around Australia and globally. They are the leader in research-based testing in this field.

Please call 1300 853 560 for more information or to book in at one of our clinics.

Testing is available at the following locations:
North Sydney:  Thursday 8am
Mona Vale:          Monday 8am, Saturday 10am
Kogarah:               Friday 10am

How many of us malabsorb these sugars?

Research has shown that the following percentages of the population do:

Fructose – 30-40% (55% in people with IBS),
Lactose – 10-20% in the Caucasian population and up to 90% in other races
Sorbitol – 60%

Perhaps you know someone who suffers from IBS who would benefit from a simple breath test?

Call 1300 853 560 or  email to find out more.


Written by Alexander

Alexander is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian having completed a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics, and a member of the Dietitian Association Australia (APD)

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