The entirety of all microorganisms colonizing the human body is called the human microbiome. Humans coexist with the microbiome in a mutually symbiotic relationship and need it to stay healthy. Most of our bacterial dwellers live in the colon. This microbial community surpasses the genetic information of humans by 150 times and represents the largest aggregation of bacteria in the human body.
The composition of the human gut microbiome is influenced by genetic factors, our diet, drugs such as antibiotics, but also by the first colonisation after birth. Abnormal bacterial settlement, decreased biodiversity or additional risk factors such as caesarean delivery, antibiotic use or exclusive bottle feeding, lead to a shift in colon colonization.
With the help of a molecular genetic stool examination, which is included in the Global Body Check, changes in the intestinal microbiome can be detected in order to take differentiated and adapted therapeutic measures.
Diseases with a clear relationship to changes in the intestinal microbiome are, among others, obesity, diabetes mellitus, allergies, irritable bowel syndrome, intestinal inflammations such as colitis, ulcerosa / Crohn’s disease, autism, intestinal tumors, leaky gut syndrome, arthritis and dementia / Alzheimer’s disease.
Capsule endoscopy is a sophisticated diagnostic procedure. Here, a small capsule “travels” through your stomach and intestines and sends about 40 high-resolution images in HD quality per minute. The capsule is a high-tech device that can be easily swallowed like a vitamin pill. Thanks to two small video cameras and LEDs, it delivers images of your body over a period of 8-9 hours.
The advantages of the method are that this study provides substantial direct images, unlike X-rays or computed tomography, without harmful radiation exposure. It may also be more comfortable than using an endoscope for the examination. During the capsule endoscopic examination, you are able to carry on your daily activities almost unhindered.
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