Fructose Malabsorption Breath Test

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Do you have these symptoms?

When you eat certain foods, do you have these symptoms?

  • Abdominal cramps
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Diarrhea
  • Gas (flatulence)
  • Nausea

If you have these symptoms, you may have fructose malabsorption.

What is the is Fructose Malabsorption?

Fructose malabsorption is the inability of the small intestine to properly absorb fructose, a sugar found in fruits and many sugary foods with fructose corn syrup. In many people, fructose absorption is limited. If fructose is not absorbed,  it enters our large intestine or colon. Bacteria in the colon digest fructose producing hydrogen and methane gas. When fructose is converted to these gases in the intestines, it may cause cramping, bloating, or diarrhea. The key is to identify that you are an individual with limited fructose absorption.

What is the Hydrogen Breath Test for Fructose Malabsorption?

The fructose hydrogen breath test is the gold standard used by healthcare professionals to identify fructose malabsorption. The test is a non-invasive, low risk, accurate and fast tool to identify this uncomfortable condition. We make it easy for you to test for fructose malabsorption by providing hydrogen breath test kits that are designed for home use. We will give you a standard amount of fructose (25 grams) and collect breath samples for 3 hours. Breath samples will be analyzed for hydrogen and methane gas by our laboratory. If hydrogen and methane levels in breath are above 20 parts per million, you have fructose malabsorption.

What does the Fructose Malabsorption Breath Test cost and what results do you get?

You will receive a report that tells you whether you malabsorb fructose based on the evaluation of your breath samples. The total price of $129.00  includes all shipping charges, a kit containing the components necessary to administer the test, analysis of your breath samples and a customized report emailed to you.

Who can benefit from being tested for Fructose Malabsorption?

The ingestion of fructose has increased dramatically compared to years past. This increase has been attributed to the practice of adding fructose corn syrup as a sweetener to many drinks, candies and processed foods. The ability to process and absorb fructose differs among people. Those who have limited ability to absorb fructose suffer from the discomfort of the condition and often are misdiagnosed with other common gastrointestinal conditions.

Testing for Fructose Malabsorption is definitely worthwhile if you have been diagnosed as having Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). In IBS
patients, there is evidence to suggest that more rapid small intestinal transit could deliver unabsorbed nutrients to the colon and hence lead to an increased gas production, causing pain and diarrhea. This may explain the reduced capacity to absorb fructose in IBS patients. Unfortunately, Fructose Malabsorption is rarely considered by most doctors and therefore, the hydrogen breath test not performed.

Testing for Fructose Malabsorption should be considered for children with recurrent or functional abdominal pain (RAP). Medical research has shown that some forms of RAP can be effectively managed with a low-fructose diet.

Should you be tested for Fructose Malabsorption?

If you have been diagnosed with IBS or RAP, or suffer continually from abdominal cramps or bloating, diarrhea, gas or nausea, you should get tested. A simple test followed by appropriate dietary modifications can dramatically increase your quality of life.

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