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.
The HBT Sleuth hydrogen breath test is used to perform a lactose intolerance breath test. Lactose intolerance is the inability to digest lactose, the sugar found in milk. It causes cramping, bloating, gas or diarrhea any time dairy products are consumed. Lactose intolerance occurs due to the body’s lack of lactase, an enzyme normally produced by the small intestine. The hydrogen breath test is a quick way to discover if a patient has lactose intolerance. Studies indicate that as many as 70% of patients that 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. The HBT Sleuth hydrogen 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. Lactose intolerance is often recognized for the first time in older patients. They may have endured gas and other symptoms for years without connecting the symptoms to their diet.