It is estimated that up to 70% of lactose intolerant people are unaware of their condition as the signs and symptoms of lactose intolerance can mimic many other GI conditions.
Breath testing is a quick way to find out if you are lactose intolerant. This test through Genova Diagnostics is a breath test, you just blow into a tube, and can be dropped shipped to you anywhere to take from the comfort of your home.
Advantages of the Breath Hydrogen/Methane Test for Lactose Intolerance:
-It is a highly sensitive and specific gastrointestinal test to identify lactose malabsorption
-It is a simple and non-invasive test
-It is well tolerated by patients of all ages
-Demonstrates increases in hydrogen and methane arising from bacterial fermentation of undigested lactose which show up in the breath within one to two hours after exposure.
Importance of Testing for Lactose Intolerance
When lactose intolerance is properly diagnosed, the patient is easily treated with dietary or supplement modifications. However, misdiagnosis of lactose intolerance often occurs because primary symptoms often overlap with those of other conditions. Studies indicate that up to 70% of lactose intolerant patients do not relate their symptoms to lactose ingestion.
Milk and dairy products are often considered important sources of nutrients for children, pregnant women, nursing mothers and older adults. For these individuals, lactose intolerance testing is important to prevent the unnecessary elimination of such products from the diet.
Dr. Coleen Murphy ND, LAc.