Lactose and fructose intolerance is one of the most common sensitivities that many patients experience. These disorders hinder the body’s ability to properly metabolize these sugars, and can have a negative impact on overall health and wellness. In order to identify and maintain the uncomfortable symptoms caused by lactose and fructose sensitivities, the experts at Steven Batash MD offer specialized lactose and fructose intolerance testing.
Based on your symptoms, we can confirm the diagnosis of lactose or fructose sensitivities by conducting tests including:
Lactose Tolerance Test
This test is designed to monitor your body’s reaction to liquid containing high amounts of lactose. During the test, patients first drink a provided liquid containing high levels of calcium. Two hours after consuming the liquid, blood tests are performed in order to measure the amount of glucose in the bloodstream. If the levels of glucose in the blood do not rise, it may indicate that the body isn’t digesting and absorbing lactose properly.
Hydrogen Breath Test
This test also involves drinking a liquid that contains either high fructose or lactose levels. Then, in regular intervals, the levels of hydrogen in the breath are measured. Normally, there should be very little detectable hydrogen. However, if the body is unable to properly digest the fructose or lactose liquid, it will ferment in the colon, which releases hydrogen and other gases that are eventually exhaled.
You are able to receive results from both of these tests the next day.
Currently, there is no method available to effectively boost the body’s ability to produce lactose. However, there are ways to avoid uncomfortable symptoms from lactose intolerance including:
- Include small servings of dairy products in your meals
- Eat and drink ice cream and milk that is lactose-free
- Add powder when drinking regular milk to break down the lactose
Changes in Lifestyle
Making lifestyle changes to avoid uncomfortable symptoms can also help to maintain lactose intolerance. Some patients may feel as though they will not be able to consume enough calcium. However, there is calcium found in many other foods including broccoli, canned salmon, and spinach.
What you can do in the meantime
Being proactive when it comes to lactose and fructose intolerance by keeping track of your daily servings can help you feel and function at your best. If you feel as though you may be experiencing symptoms of a fructose or lactose intolerance, reach out to the specialists here at Steven Batash MD to learn more about our specialized testing. Contact us today and schedule your consultation!