This is a health video on how to diagnose digestive disorders correctly and properly.
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Jennifer Matthews: Fructose, a type of sugar found in everything from soft drinks to honey to apple juice, and it could be making you sick. Peter Beyer: There's a limit to the amount of fructose that we can consume. Jennifer Matthews: Researcher Peter Beyer says our fructose intake has nearly tripled in the last thirty years. He suggests we limit the amount of sugar in our diet to about twelve teaspoons a day. Peter Beyer: That's the upper limit and right now, we're at 32. Jennifer Matthews: Fructose can cause gas, bloating and pain. More than 50% of healthy people have symptoms after consuming just 25 grams of fructose - the amount in just one soda. For people with gastrointestinal disorders, fructose can make their symptoms worse. Peter Beyer: By eliminating, or at least reducing, the amount of fructose in the diet, then they may get along a lot better and may have a better quality of life. Jennifer Matthews: When fructose is consumed and not absorbed properly, high levels of hydrogen are produced. Now, researchers say a simple test to measure hydrogen can detect fructose intolerance. It can also alert doctors to other problems such as bacteria overgrowth in the GI tract. After complaining of abdominal pain, Miles has had the test more than once. Miles Jones: This looks like the best one I've had yet. Jennifer Matthews: He's cut out soda and limited fructose to stave off problems. Miles Jones: It appears like things are getting under control. Jennifer Matthews: This is Jennifer Matthews reporting.
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