H2 Breath test to analyze the percentage of sugar intolerance by your body
What is sugar intolerance? If you are person who is fond of eating lots of cakes, pastries and candies after dinner and then suffer from the problem of stomach pain, bloating, and different types of gastric problem, then it is an indication that you are among one of them who suffer from the problem of sugar and carbohydrates intolerance. This problem mainly arises from the bacteria known as anaerobic found in the colon of human beings and when this bacteria comes in contact with the unabsorbed food particulars eaten by human beings, more specifically carbohydrates and sugar it generates hydrogen gas. As a general practice this type of gas is produced in the stomach of every person, but when the huge quantity of food remains undigested by the small intestine, the unabsorbed food after coming in contact with bacteria present in colon generates the hydrogen which with each passing days takes a severe shape. What is H2 Breath Test: Hydrogen breath test is the process that is used to analyze the reasons of gastric problems taking place in the body of human beings due contact of anaerobic bacteria found in the colon of living beings with the portion of unabsorbed food. The hydrogen may also arise when anaerobic bacteria moves back into the small intestine, creating the problem of bacterial overgrowth of the small bowel. Here the bacteria come in contact with that portion of unabsorbed food which has not yet reached into the small intestine to accomplish the process of digestion. The hydrogen produced by the bacteria is absorbed into the blood moving across the walls of colon and small intestine. The hydrogen mixed in blood moves into the lungs from the hydrogen is released and breathed, during which the presence of hydrogen in your breath can be tested. When Hydrogen Breath Test is Conducted? There are three conditions when doctors suggest going for your H2 Breath Test. These conditions are referred as below: 1. First condition is when the body of human being is not able to digest dietary sugars like lactose (found in the milk), the condition is also referred as lactose intolerance. The test for hydrogen breath is also helpful in analyzing the dietary problems of sugars like sorbitol, fructose, and lactose. 2. Another condition is to know the reasons of bacterial overgrowth that mainly arises due to arrival of anaerobic bacteria into small intestine resulting in emergence of bacterial overgrowth in small bowel. 3. The third condition is to understand the reasons of fast transition of food from the small intestine.
Method of performing hydrogen test: Before the beginning of the test the patient has to undergo the fast for 12 hours. During the test in the beginning the patient is required to fill a balloon from his mouth. The percentage of hydrogen is measured from the sample of hydrogen stored in the balloon by releasing it. After collecting the data from that test, the patient is given specific quantity of sugar item comprising of lactose, sorbitol, lactulose, fructose etc according to the requirement of the test. After this the different breath tests are conditions continuously for five hours in the short span of every fifteen minutes. How are the results of hydrogen breath test calculated? The results of H2 breath test are mainly calculated on the basis of sugar that has been consumed during the test and process of producing hydrogen inside the body after the sugar is ingested in the body. After ingesting the required dose of sugars in the body, if there is generation of hydrogen, then it is assumed that the person is not able to digest some portion of the sugar and that has reached to the colon of the person. When there is instant transmission of sugar to the colon than compared to normal transition, the hydrogen is produced immediately with indigested sugar coming in contact with anaerobic bacteria present in the colon. In case if there is bacterial overgrowth of the small bowel, the ingestion of lactulose reveals two reasons of hydrogen production. One is due to production of indigested sugar coming in contact with bacteria present in colon and second is reaching of bacteria in small intestine.