Prodia Widyahusada (PRDA) Provides ProHealthy Gut Examination

March 31, 2024, 04.30 AM  | Reporter: Sabrina Rhamadanty
Prodia Widyahusada (PRDA) Provides ProHealthy Gut Examination

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LISTED COMPANY - JAKARTA. PT Prodia Widyahusada Tbk (PRDA) is currently the only laboratory in Indonesia that conducts ProHealthy Gut examinations.

For your information, ProHealthy Gut is an examination of short chain fatty acids (SCFA) derived from microbiota produced in the human digestive tract. 

This tract consists of up to 100 trillion (1x1014) microbes, including bacteria, fungi, and viruses, which, when present in large numbers, are called gut-microbiota. The interaction between microbiota and host can affect health, namely immunological homeostasis, and changes in this interaction are associated with various inflammatory diseases. 

The concentration of SCFA in feces can illustrate dietary fiber intake and is considered a biomarker of gut microbiota activity and highly beneficial health. 

Various studies show that SCFA plays a role in gastrointestinal physiology, reduces inflammation, enhances the healing of damaged tissue, and contributes to normal cell metabolism and differentiation. 

SCFA also plays a role in brain health, referred to as the gut-brain axis, so by knowing the percentage of SCFA, we can indirectly assess the metabolic balance of gut microbiota. 

Gianni Yosephine, Product Lead of PRDA, said this examination can be related to various digestive diseases such as colorectal cancer, obesity, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, allergies, and so on.

"So we have an examination from Pro Healthty Gut by Prodia, there is occult blood. This is one of the screenings that can be used. If there are abnormalities or signs of bowel cancer are already visible. At Prodia we also have other cancer panels such as the risk panel for bowel cancer and also for colorectal cancer risk," explained Gianni when met by Kontan in the Menteng area, Central Jakarta, some time ago.  

"Regular screening and genomic can also be done, and screening with serological or with feces can also be done," he added. 

He added, in the Prohealty Gut examination, it is not only to examine the microbiome in the digestive tract but also there is a blood sample which if the result is positive (there is a disturbance), then the doctor will continue with the next examination. 

Meanwhile, Gianni explained that coinciding with the fasting month or Ramadan, it is important for the public to regularly check the health condition of the digestive system as an early detection effort if there are symptoms or disturbances in the digestive system, so that the body's metabolism can be maintained well and optimally.

"The potential for disturbances in the balance of microbiota in the intestines can cause various diseases, because the microbiota in the digestive tract has a role in providing nutrients for other organ cells. This examination is useful for evaluating general digestive health and measuring the concentration of SCFA that can illustrate the balance of gut microbiota," concluded Gianni.

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