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Age Management of West Michigan

Integrative Medicine

Conventional, Functional, and Anti-Aging Regenerative Medicine located in Grand Rapids, MI.
Dr. Shahnaz Ali            Dr. Piyush Bhatnagar

What is SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacteria Overgrowth)?

SIBO occurs when there is an overpopulation of bacteria present in the small intestine.   Majority of the bacteria in the GI system reside in the Large Intestine.   When there is migration and over growth of bacteria in the Small intestine it leads to microbiome imbalance and the development of SIBO.  This imbalance leads to development of several GI symptoms and digestive issues that over time can lead to vitamin and mineral deficiencies  that can cause lasting damage to the skeletal and nervous system.  SIBO is significantly underdiagnosed with research showing that up to 78% of people with IBS and GI symptoms having SIBO.


What are symptoms of SIBO?

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Abdominal Distension
  • Gas
  • Unexplained Weight Gain
  • Bloating
  • Heartburn
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Brain Fog
  • Anxiety

SIBO Testing and Diagnosis

Age Management of West Michigan utilizes a 3 hour breath test to diagnose SIBO. The 3 hour test measures the level of hydrogen and methane produced to determine the presence and abundance of specific gas-producing bacteria in the small intestine. Treatment is then determined based on the prevalence of hydrogen or methane producing bacteria.   Most patients with positive SIBO results are recommended to also do a comprehensive GI effects stool test to determine potential damage caused to GI system from SIBO and overall microbiome imbalance.  (SIBO Testing Video)


SIBO Treatment

Age Management of West Michigan does a comprehensive treatment approach when treating SIBO.  SIBO reoccurrence is very common when you only treat the overgrowth of bacteria itself.

Age Management’s comprehensive treatment approach addresses underlying factors to heal the GI system, restore function, and prevent reoccurrence for long term results:

1.  Treat the bacterial overgrowth

  • Antibiotics:  10 to 14 days:  Rifaxamin or Rifaxamin and Neomycin

  • 4 Week protocol of natural based antimicrobials and sporebiotics

  • SIBO Elemental Diet

2.  Heal and restore damage caused by SIBO to gastrointestinal system and restore Microbiome and healthy bacteria populations to prevent reoccurrence. 

3.  Restore Gut / Brain Axis Function:

Age Management offers patients the option of utilizing antibiotic and natural based options to treat the bacterial overgrowth.

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