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Lactose Intolerance Test
Lactose intolerance is a condition in which the body is not able to digest lactose, which is a sugar found in milk and other dairy products. This condition is caused due to the deficiency of an enzyme called lactase, which is produced by the cells which line the small intestines. Lactase breaks sugar down into simpler, absorbable compounds like galactose and glucose. These compounds are then absorbed by the blood stream easily.
Lactose intolerance is an extremely common condition and is usually experienced when a person steps into adulthood. People who are lactose intolerant tend to feel uncomfortable for thirty minutes to two hours immediately after consuming any dairy products. Depending on the amount of milk and milk products consumed, the symptoms can range from very mild to very severe.
Lactose Intolerance Testing
Lactose intolerance testing includes two different tests. Since the disorder cannot be diagnosed by examining the symptoms alone, there is a need to test before the exact nature of the disorder can be ascertained. Not all kinds of digestive distress can be caused due to lactose intolerance. The symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome are also similar and therefore the tests become all the more necessary. Lactose intolerance diagnosis is usually based on the results of the following two tests.
Stool acidity is not very commonly performed because most people experience the symptoms of lactose intolerance only when they are well into their adulthood. By then only a hydrogen breath test is performed. A doctor may usually only prescribe a stool acidity test if the child is feeling uncommon digestive distress and other symptoms which may indicate lactose intolerance. Though lactose intolerance is a condition which cannot be completely treated, the symptoms can be controlled without making any major changes in the diet.
|Submitted on January 16, 2014|