A breath test offered by Braemar gastroenterologist Dr Jim Brooker will help many people live healthier lives.
Breath tests are frequently synonymous with poor health choices. But a breath test offered by Braemar gastroenterologist Dr Jim Brooker helps many people live healthier lives. The test identifies foods that are poorly absorbed by people suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), a debilitating condition which can cause abdominal bloating, flatulence, pain, diarrhoea and constipation.
The condition, which affects thousands of New Zealanders, occurs when the digestive system is unable to digest certain sugars in many foods.
The test measures the malabsorption of the two most common triggers of IBS – fructose and lactose. Around 50-60 per cent of patients have intolerance to these two. All patients will be assessed by a dietician.