by Glen Depke, Traditional Naturopath
I’ve recently presented a video lecture for Hawthorn University referred to as “What’s Ailing Your Gut? SIBO May Be the Culprit!” and I will share that with you below.
Small Intestinal Bacteria Overgrowth or better known as SIBO is rapidly becoming one of the biggest gut issues that many are suffering with today.
If you feel abdominal discomfort after consuming different fiber, starches or sugar SIBO should be considered. The severity of SIBO can vary from mild to no symptoms, to bloating after meals, to bloating with malnutrition and constipation to bloating with nutritional deficiencies, to bloating with anemia, low albumin and low cholesterol and severe bloating with weight loss, chronic diarrhea and malabsorption. SIBO is actually one of the most common causes of malabsorption in older adults and for those with IBS. This can easily be detected with hydrogen and methane breath testing with chronic bloating as a solid predictor.
There is also a significant higher prevalence of SIBO in children with chronic abdominal pain and may be more common in children with gastrointestinal symptoms and apparent carbohydrate malabsorption than previously thought.
Poor motility or movement through your gastrointestinal tract and proton pump inhibitor use are independent risk factors for SIBO or fungal overgrowth.
Here are some interesting risk factors tied into SIBO:
Who’s at risk for SIBO?
- 9.3% with celiac disease
- 66% with celiac disease with persistent symptoms
- 15% of the elderly population
- 53% of those with antacid medication use
- 78% with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- 33% with chronic diarrhea
- 34% with chronic pancreatitis
- 90% alcoholics
View this video presentation below to learn more about SIBO to understand if this is something you are unknowingly dealing with yourself.
Trust me, you’ll want to know if this is an issue for you!
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