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This test is used to find out if you have too much bacteria (overgrowth) in your small intestine. You’ll have to drink liquid that has 75g of glucose for the test.
Follow the instructions your gasterenterology (GI) Clinic gives you about when and what to eat and drink before the test.
If you see a diabetes educator or diabetes specialist, contact them at least 1 week before your test to ask about adjusting your diabetes medicine or insulin.
Test your blood sugar anytime you feel your blood sugar is low or high.
If you take insulin
The day before your test
*Be sure to bring a source of fast-acting sugar and your blood glucose meter with you.
*You’ll be given a 75 g glucose/water solution to drink.*
If you take diabetes medicine other than insulin
To see this information online and learn more, visit MyHealth.Alberta.ca/health/pages/conditions.aspx?Hwid=custom.ab_diabetes_hydrogenbreathtest_sibo_inst.
For 24/7 nurse advice and general health information call Health Link at 811.
Current as of: July 10, 2020
Author: Endocrinology and Metabolism Program, Alberta Health Services
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