What is lactose intolerance?
For some people, intolerance to dairy is caused by an inability to digest the sugars (lactase) in milk products.
Others may experience a reaction to dairy because they are intolerant to the proteins in milk. In this case, you could drink lactose-free milk and still have a reaction to it because you are actually intolerant to the protein in the milk. This is a sign that you could be suffering from a type III dairy intolerance, and this is what we can test for. You could be negative to lactose intolerance and positive in the dairy intolerance test.
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What are the symptoms of lactose intolerance?
Symptoms of lactose intolerance can range from mild to severe, depending on how much lactase your body makes. Symptoms usually begin 30 minutes to 2 hours after eating or drinking milk products, and most commonly include:
- Abdominal Pain
Other conditions can cause symptoms similar to those of lactose intolerance, including irritable bowel syndrome and problems digesting foods that contain fructose.
Who is most likely to be suffering from lactose intolerance?
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, there is a strong possibility that you are suffering from lactose intolerance.
Sometimes people who have never had problems with milk or dairy products suddenly develop lactose intolerance. This is more common as you get older because the amount of lactase our body produces naturally decreases as we get older.
What are the long-term health risks associated with lactose intolerance?
Left untreated, problems with malabsorption, such as iron deficiency or chronic dehydration can arise. Further neglect can lead to anaemia and osteoporosis.
How is lactose intolerance treated?
The best strategy for managing lactose intolerance is to consult with a practitioner, because lactose intolerance is often confused with fructose intolerance, it is important to positively identify which food is causing the reaction. Our team can help you with this.
Will a test detect if I am lactose intolerant?
Lactose intolerance is different to a type III food intolerance (which is what most tests specifically test for). Lactose intolerance is an enzyme deficiency, not IgG mediated, and therefore will not be detected by testing. It is important to note that you might have a type III food intolerance to dairy products, but this does not necessarily mean you are lactose intolerant.
How do I find out whether I am lactose intolerant or have a type III dairy intolerance?
Our practitioners can guide and explain to you the most appropriate course of action – testing or revised dietary intake.
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