The health of your body depends on its ability to digest food properly. When the food is not digested properly, multiple ailments begin to besiege your body. When you experience symptoms that represent problems with your digestion, you need to get a digestion test done. Digestion breaks down the food that you have eaten into various nutrients including proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, and even water. Then proteins further break into amino acids and carbohydrates break into simple sugars and fats break into fatty acids and glycerol, and so on. Digestion is a complex process and multiple organs are involved. Problems with any one of the processes or the organs can have a negative impact on your digestion. Take for example pancreas; during digestion the pancreas make pancreatic juices called enzymes. Pancreas also help your digestive system by making hormones, the chemical messengers that travel through your blood. Pancreatic hormones also help your body regulate sugar levels and appetite, stimulate stomach acids and also instruct your stomach when to empty. Problems with your pancreas can be diagnosed with an amylase test.
One of the prominent digestion tests is the Amylase blood test. This test is used to diagnose and monitor acute pancreatitis. It is a blood test. The test is done to measure the amount of amylase in a person’s blood. These are digestive enzymes that help the body break down carbohydrates. These enzymes are produced both by pancreas and salivary glands.
This test is important because the pancreas perform two critical functions – secrete the fluids that are needed to break down the food in the small intestine and they also aid in metabolizing proteins and fats. Further, the pancreas also produce insulin which assists in carrying the sugar in the bloodstream and turn it into energy.
Another test that is important is the lipase test for your digestive system. Lipase is another form of enzyme made by your pancreas. When you eat something, it is a lipase enzyme that breaks down fat in the food.It maintains the optimum levels of energy in your body. To find if there is something wrong in the levels of lipase, you should get a lipase test done.
Some symptoms that may indicate that there is some problem in your digestive system in general and the pancreas in particular include
Loss of appetite
Pain in the upper abdomen
Nausea and vomiting
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is it important to get a digestion test?
Your digestive system is critical to the overall health of your body. All the nutrients and energy that your body needs, come through your digestive system. Numerous imbalances can be created if enough nutrients, sugar and fat are not being extracted from the food that you eat. A digestion test can help your doctor diagnose if there is a problem with the digestive system.
Similarly, pancreas release the enzymes that are needed to break down your food. They also create insulin that is needed to convert sugar into energy. The problems with your digestive system as well as with pancreas can have long-term effects on your health. From daily annoyances to life-threatening ailments, all sorts of problems can arise due to a malfunctioning digestive system. Hence, it’s particularly important to get a digestion test so that you can take corrective measures as early as possible.
What is the process of getting a digestion test done?
The amylase levels in your blood can be diagnosed with the help of a simple blood test. So can be a lipase test. All you need is, book an appointment from our website. A phlebotomist will pay you a visit at the appointed time. He will collect your blood sample and submit it to the lab. In a couple of days, you will get your digestion test report. The report then can be either directly forwarded to your gastroenterologist or you can show it to him or her on your own.
What happens if my digestive system doesn’t work properly?
You will be surprised to know that even minor digestive problems, when left untreated, can lead to more serious and chronic diseases. A malfunctioning digestive system can cause malnutrition. The vitamins and other nutrients the body needs to function may not be available. With pancreas damaged the body is unable to produce insulin which leads to diabetes. Excessive acid can start affecting other organs of your body. There may be excess pressure on your kidneys and liver, causing long-term damage. Unprocessed fat can get deposited in your heart arteries. Your gums may begin to rot. Hence, it is imperative to get a proper digestion test done as soon as you feel that something is wrong with your digestive system.
What can I do to keep my digestive system strong?
There are some ailments that cannot be controlled, but then, there are many ailments that can be. Eat healthy food. Drink lots of fluids, especially water, to keep your system clean and hydrated. Avoid eating acidic foods. Also avoid eating foods that tax your digestive system. Occasionally, give your digestive system some respite by eating light. If there is no medical compulsion, primarily stick to a vegetarian diet.
Can a digestion test be performed at home?
Whereas the digestion test itself cannot be performed at home, the blood sample that is needed to perform the tests can be collected from your home. You don’t even need to visit our lab even once. The sample can be collected from home and the results can be delivered to you by email.