Identifying Lactose Intolerance
There are two main steps you can take to identify if you suffer from lactose intolerance.
Method #1: Hydrogen Breath Test
Your physician (or you may go to a gastroenterologist) can administer a hydrogen breath test. A hydrogen breath test will test if you’re “lactase deficient” (basically if your lactose intolerant or not). The picture on the right demonstrates how the hydrogen breath test is administered.
This test is simple to take. Your doctor will have you drink lactose and then have you breath into a breath analyzer every 30 minutes for about 3 to 4 hours.
While this test is a good measure of your lactose intolerance. It does take a few hours to administer. Further, your drinking lactose, so if your lactose intolerant- you will most likely experience symptoms from the test.
Method #2: Milk Test
A simple in-home test includes taking a challenge of milk. Try a dairy product and if you have symptoms, you’re likely to be lactose intolerant. A simple way to test this method is to avoid dairy products for about 3 to 4 days. Then, the following morning drink 8 to 10 ounces of milk without a meal. If you have symptoms such as gas, cramps, bloating or diarrhea; your likely to be lactose intolerant.
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