Simple, non-invasive breath tests for Fructose, Lactose and Sorbitol malabsorption and Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO).

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 on modifying your diet while managing your nutritional intake, to manage and minimise any IBS-type symptoms. Stream Diagnostics provides these non-invasive and simple tests around Australia and globally, and is the leader in research-based testing in this field.

If a person malabsorbs Fructose, Lactose and/or Sorbitol, this will cause an increase of hydrogen and/or methane in their exhaled breath, which is the by product of the fermentation process in 95% of patients. During the course of each test, the patient’s output of these gases via their breath is measured in parts per million (ppm) to assess malabsorption of that sugar.

While many people suffer for years with IBS-type symptoms, simple breath test analysis and proper follow up can lead to the effective management of these symptoms and an enjoyment of improved lifestyle, often within a short timeframe.

Please review the information provided on this website, and contact us to organise appointments or to simply get answers to questions you may have. We look forward to providing you with effective answers and solutions to these issues.