What is SIBO? 

 Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth

SIBO occurs when the small intestine develops an overgrowth of its bacteria population, hence the name Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth. Also known as Blind Loop Syndrome, this condition occurs due to the slowing down of the contractions in the digestion tract therefore creating a buildup of waste products, leading to the bacterial overload.  

 This accumulation of bacteria is connected to various Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) symptoms such as: 

  • Abdominal pain
  • Bloating
  • Diarrhea 
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite 
  • Malnutrition
  • Involuntary weight loss   

SIBO can affect micronutrient and macronutrient absorption. This can lead to deficiencies in essential vitamins such as Vitamin B12, A, K and E. Osteoporosis and Kidney stones are other possible outcomes of the condition if not diagnosed or treated. People who are most at risk include those with:

  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Diabetes
  • History of gastric surgery for ulcers or obesity, adhesions caused by surgery or radiation therapy to abdomen
  • Injury or a structural defect in the small intestine
  • Diverticulosis of the small intestine

Treatments encompass dietary and nutritional support to improve deficiencies, weight fluctuation and to redcue the small intestinal stress. Some methods used are an elimination diets, low FODMAP, lactose free and/or incorporating daily vitamin supplements. 

If you require more information on SIBO or have any concerns, make an appointment to see one of our dietitians today http://hardynutrition.com.au/online-booking.html