How can a Colonoscopy give me an idea about the state of my gut microbiota?

If I have no symptoms or health issues but just want to check on the general health of my bowels, would a colonoscopy help? I am at the age I should get one anyway, but am just wondering if the GI doctor can also get an idea about issues like leaky gut, imbalanced microbiota or inflammation during a colonoscopy?

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The colonoscopy will look for polyps, which are pre-cancerous growths, and remove them. It can diagnose colitis due to Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis, but you usually have symptoms. The colonoscopy does not diagnose leaky gut.

It does not give an idea about the microbiota. Special centers can study the microbiota for research purposes.

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