Lactose Breath Test

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What is Lactose Intolerance?

Milk and dairy products contain the sugar lactose. Many people get stomach pains from foods that contain lactose. Our intestines contains an enzyme called lactase that breaks lactose into two easily absorbed sugars, glucose and galactose. Many people have insufficient amounts of this enzyme. If lactose passes unchanged from the small intestine to the colon, it will be converted by bacteria to large amounts of hydrogen and methane gas. These large amounts of gases cause the cramping, bloating, nausea and explosive diarrhea often associated with this painful and uncomfortable condition.

What is the Hydrogen Breath Test for Lactose Intolerance?

The hydrogen breath test for lactose intolerance is the gold standard used by healthcare professionals to identify lactose intolerance. The test is a non-invasive, low risk, accurate and fast tool to identify this condition which is often misdiagnosed and leads to nutritional deficiencies. We make it easy for you to test for lactose intolerance by providing hydrogen breath test kits that are designed for home use. We will give you a standard amount of lactose (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 lactose intolerance.

What does the Lactose Intolerance Test cost and what results do you get?

You will receive a report that tells you whether you are lactose intolerant 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 Lactose Intolerance?

Lactose intolerance is a very common problem affecting more than 50 million Americans and an estimated 4 billion people worldwide. What makes it difficult to diagnose is that the symptoms (abdominal cramps, abdominal bloating, diarrhea, gas and nausea) are identical to numerous other digestive problems such as IBS and fructose malabsorption.

Studies have shown that nearly 50% of people who self-report milk intolerance are not, in fact, lactose intolerant. Instead they suffer from a functional bowel disorder such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). In self-reported milk intolerants, it has been found that there is a significant unnecessary reduction in milk consumption and insufficient dietary calcium intake. Only a definitive test can confirm the presence of Lactose Intolerance.

Should you be tested for Lactose Intolerance?

If you are considering removing dairy from your diet, or have already removed dairy from your diet without the benefit of a definitive test, you should be tested.

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