Leaky Gut Syndrome
Although most well known as a major organ of the digestive system, the gut also performs critical functions helping the immune system to maintain a healthy body. Any imbalance in the health of the digestive tract may lead to a condition known as “leaky gut syndrome”. It’s a condition in which gaps in the intestinal walls start to loosen, allowing larger substances, such as bacteria, toxins and undigested food particles, to pass across the intestinal walls into the bloodstream and other organs. This could potentially affect the immune system and trigger widespread inflammation.
“Leaky gut syndrome” is thought to be the root cause of various diseases, affecting many organs in the body. This condition can potentially cause memory loss, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, autism, depression, and autoimmune diseases, such as lupus erythematosus, Rheumatoid arthritis, thyroiditis, eczema, and diabetes. It may also lead to severe chronic diseases, such as heart disease, stroke, and tumor mutations. It is important to assess the gut’s health and seek management early on to restore a healthy balance, in order to prevent and minimize the risk of suffering from various diseases.
Gut Health Assessment
HK Medical offers Gut Health Assessment that begins with a one-on-one medical consultation with an experienced doctor, allowing the doctor to understand the patient’s health conditions. If the patient shows symptoms of constipation, diarrhea, fatigue, or bloating, the doctor will order a stool test and the collected stool samples will be sent to overseas laboratories for examination. This process will take about two to three weeks. If the result reflects abnormalities, the patient may need to proceed with urinalysis. Depending on the test results, the doctor will personalize a treatment plan to restore the patient’s optimal gut health, so as to increase immunity, and reduce the risk of diseases.