Fructose intolerance has unpleasant and irritating side effects, but it can also lead to serious health problems. Therapy for fructose malabsorption should be initiated as soon as possible in order to avoid more serious complications. People with fructose intolerance should be examined as soon as possible if they exhibit symptoms. Waiting will make things worse.
Finding out if your symptoms are caused by fructose intolerance or another dietary intolerance necessitates a medical examination. Furthermore, most people try to self-diagnose using the information they find in the medical literature. These materials, on the other hand, are aimed to assist you in determining whether or not you need a medical test.
How Tests Function
The Fructose Malabsorption Breath Test is the most common diagnostic procedure medical professionals use to identify fructose intolerance. This straightforward examination may be performed at any of our medical facilities. The test does not involve blood work, and the results are provided the day after the test has been completed.
You will be required to consume a liquid that has a high concentration of fructose as part of the examination. After you have consumed all of the drink, the amount of hydrogen that is contained in your breath will be measured.
As you may know, the fermentation process results in the emission of hydrogen gas when fructose molecules that have not been digested are involved. This allows us to determine whether or not the fructose in the beverage was correctly broken down by your body, which is the purpose of the test. If there are large levels of hydrogen in your breath, you have fructose intolerance, which is the most common form of this condition.
Diagnosis and Treatment
Fructose intolerance can be treated with a variety of medications and dietary adjustments, all of which can alleviate symptoms of digestive distress and other medical issues. Patients with fructose intolerance are frequently prescribed a low-fructose diet as the primary therapy option. A low-FODMAPS diet is also popular among certain patients.
The fructose in a low fructose diet is either nonexistent or extremely reduced. Fructan-rich foods are likewise restricted in this diet. High-fructose foods include fruit, honey, juice, wheat, and several vegetables.
A low-fructose diet is what we’ll help you implement after examining your results. A non-restrictive diet is what we assist patients in achieving. The low fructose diet might last anywhere from four to six weeks, depending on your level of intolerance. When reintroducing fructose-containing foods, gradually increase your intake to see how your body responds.
However, low FODMAP is stricter than low fructose. Fermentable oligo-di-monosaccharides and polyols are referred to as FODMAPs. Lactose, fructose, fructans, galactans, and sugar alcohol polyols are all reduced in a low-FODMAP diet. This diet also reduces lactose in dairy products such as cow, sheep, and goat milk.
An individual with fructose intolerance may not be able to follow a low FODMAP diet because it is excessively restrictive. We can prescribe a low FODMAP diet based on your test results.