The HBT Sleuth hydrogen breath test is a precision instrument for detecting lactose intolerance, bacterial overgrowth, glucose intolerance, and fructose intolerance. This monitor does a hydrogen breath test, which is among the gases produced in the intestinal lumen by the bacteriological breakdown of carbohydrates in the intestine. After diffusion into the bloodstream, the H2 is expired in the exhaled breath through the alveoli. This measure of H2 in exhaled breath is used to detect abnormal breakdown or malabsorption of carbohydrates in the intestine.
Healthy individuals have very little hydrogen in their breath; however, patients with lactose intolerance have a high level of hydrogen in their breath. This surplus of hydrogen is created by undigested lactose in the colon, which ferments and produces various unhealthy gases, including hydrogen. Adverse affects from the build up of these gases can range from bloating to stomach cramps and nausea.
The HBT Sleuth lactose intolerance breath test is done in the doctor’s office and only requires five minutes of the patient’s time. This hydrogen breath test is easy to use, non invasive and gives the physician immediate results of the lactose intolerance breath test.
The frustose malabsorption test requires patients to come to the office and drink a 12 oz. glass of cola and return to the office three hours later for the actual test. The bacterial overgrowth test requires patients to come to the office and drink an 8 oz. glass of water with two tablespoons of enulose syrup mixed in. The lactose malabsorption test requires patients to come to the office and consume a 12 oz. glass of milk and return to the office three hours later for the actual test. If you are diabetic, take your medications as you normally would before any of these tests.
Studies indicate that up to 70% of patients with have lactose intolerance do not relate their symptoms to lactose ingestion. They may even mislead their physicians by denying a connection of their symptoms to their diet.