Research

Careful What You Eat: Gassy Divers More Prone to DCS?

Posted on
9 March 2017

Two articles were published last year describing how colonic fermentation promotes decompression sickness in ratsNote1 and humansNote2. The gas of concern is not methane but rather hydrogen. Both are being produced by bacteria that naturally reside in our colons. Hydrogen is an inert gas that is more soluble but less dense than helium (0.082 g/L vs. 0.178 g/L). It is …