Do you suffer from IBS ?

Do you suffer with IBS? A non-invasive hyrdrogen / methane breath test could provide the answer. Book in at one of our North Sydney dietitian clinics.

A Hydrogen / Methane Breath Test is a painless and non-invasive test which helps to diagnose gastrointestinal disorders and food intolerances, specifically sugar malabsorption such as lactose intolerance and fructose malabsorption which may contribute to Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS.

Many people malabsorb sugars commonly found in foods and drinks we consume.  Such sugars include Fructose, Lactose and Sorbitol, and these are part of the bigger FODMAPs issue. Malabsorption of these sugars is a key trigger of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)-type symptoms such as diarrhoea and/or constipation, bloating, excess/bad smelling flatulence, headaches and lack of energy.

IBS affects one in five adults, is the second biggest cause of absenteeism in the workplace and is a chronic contributor to depression. Research has shown that the following percentages of the population malabsorb these sugars: Fructose – 30-40% (55% in people with IBS), Lactose – 10-20% in the Caucasian population and up to 90% in other races, Sorbitol – 60%. The chances are high that you or someone you know experiences these symptoms, and would benefit from these tests, to determine which sugars may be responsible.

Hydrogen/methane breath testing is the leading analysis for Fructose, Lactose and Sorbitol malabsorption and for Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO). This testing forms the first step in a simple, two-step process. The second step is to obtain specialist guidance with one of our dietitians 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, and is 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 as follows:

North Sydney:  Thursday 8am
Mona Vale:          Monday 8am,  Saturday 10am
Kogarah:               Friday 10am


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