Lactose Intolerance Breath Test Genova Lab

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This simple, non-invasive breath test by Genova Lab detects lactose intolerance, a condition affecting more than 50 million Americans. Proper detection enables effective treatment of lactose maldigestion and malabsorption, to help alleviate chronic symptoms of bloating, gas, diarrhea, and abdominal pain.

Lactose intolerance is one of the most common gastrointestinal disorders, affecting hundreds of millions of people worldwide. This condition arises from an enzyme (lactase) deficiency in the gut, either as a result of genetics or a temporary irritation of the small intestine. Without adequate amounts of lactase, the digestive system is unable to properly break down and absorb lactose, the main sugar in milk and dairy products. When this happens, unabsorbed lactose is fermented by bacteria in the colon, causing the release of hydrogen and methane gases.

*Labs are not processed from New York state

Symptoms of lactose intolerance may include:

  • Bloating
  • Flatulence
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal cramps

By disrupting intestinal absorption, lactose intolerance may also trigger a shortage of critical nutrients. Eventually the digestive system may become weakened, and made more susceptible to parasite infection, as well as yeast and bacterial overgrowth.

Importance of Testing the Breath Test by Genova Lab

When lactose intolerance is properly diagnosed, the patient is easily treated with dietary or supplement modifications. However, misdiagnosis often occurs because primary symptoms often overlap with those of other conditions. Studies indicate that up to 70 percent of lactose intolerant patients do not relate their symptoms to lactose ingestion.

Milk and dairy products are often considered important sources of nutrients for children, pregnant women, nursing mothers, and older adults. For these individuals, testing is crucial to prevent the unnecessary elimination of such products from the diet.

Important Things to Know and Consider when doing the Genova Breath Test

  1. If you have an abnormally high glucose level, this will interfere with testing.
  2. The Lab cannot perform this test on diabetics with >105mg/dl fasting urine glucose concentration.
  3. If you have had an allergic reaction to foods (including sugar free foods, beverages, candies, gum and mints) containing sugar alcohols such as sorbitol or xylitol you should NOT take this test.
  4. It is NOT recommended for individuals who have had allergic reactions to lactulose or are on lactose-restricted diet.

Advantages of the Breath Hydrogen/Methane Test:

  • It is a highly sensitive and specific test to identify lactose malabsorption.
  • It is a simple and noninvasive test.
  • It is well tolerated by patients of all ages.
  • Demonstrates increases in hydrogen and methane arising from bacterial fermentation ofundigested lactose, which show up in the breath within one to two hours after exposure.

Lactose intolerance testing is recommended for all patients with:

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Chronic alcohol use
  • Infectious diarrhea
  • Malnutrition
  • Intestinal parasites
  • Radiation therapy
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Drug use, including antibiotics

With proper diagnosis provided by this breath test, lactose malabsorption and its accompanying symptoms may be substantially alleviated using dietary, lifestyle, and supplement intervention (including the ingestion of protective 'friendly' gut flora.)

Genova Lab Lactose Intolerance Breath Test Sample Report

Genova Lab Lactose Intolerance Breath Test Kit Instructions

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Symptoms of lactose intolerance may include:

  • Bloating
  • Flatulence
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal cramps

By disrupting intestinal absorption, lactose intolerance may also trigger a shortage of critical nutrients. Eventually the digestive system may become weakened, and made more susceptible to parasite infection, as well as yeast and bacterial overgrowth.

Importance of Testing the Breath Test by Genova Lab

When lactose intolerance is properly diagnosed, the patient is easily treated with dietary or supplement modifications. However, misdiagnosis often occurs because primary symptoms often overlap with those of other conditions. Studies indicate that up to 70 percent of lactose intolerant patients do not relate their symptoms to lactose ingestion.

Milk and dairy products are often considered important sources of nutrients for children, pregnant women, nursing mothers, and older adults. For these individuals, testing is crucial to prevent the unnecessary elimination of such products from the diet.

Important Things to Know and Consider when doing the Genova Breath Test

  1. If you have an abnormally high glucose level, this will interfere with testing.
  2. The Lab cannot perform this test on diabetics with >105mg/dl fasting urine glucose concentration.
  3. If you have had an allergic reaction to foods (including sugar free foods, beverages, candies, gum and mints) containing sugar alcohols such as sorbitol or xylitol you should NOT take this test.
  4. It is NOT recommended for individuals who have had allergic reactions to lactulose or are on lactose-restricted diet.

Advantages of the Breath Hydrogen/Methane Test:

  • It is a highly sensitive and specific test to identify lactose malabsorption.
  • It is a simple and noninvasive test.
  • It is well tolerated by patients of all ages.
  • Demonstrates increases in hydrogen and methane arising from bacterial fermentation ofundigested lactose, which show up in the breath within one to two hours after exposure.

Lactose intolerance testing is recommended for all patients with:

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Chronic alcohol use
  • Infectious diarrhea
  • Malnutrition
  • Intestinal parasites
  • Radiation therapy
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Drug use, including antibiotics

With proper diagnosis provided by this breath test, lactose malabsorption and its accompanying symptoms may be substantially alleviated using dietary, lifestyle, and supplement intervention (including the ingestion of protective 'friendly' gut flora.)

Genova Lab Lactose Intolerance Breath Test Sample Report

Genova Lab Lactose Intolerance Breath Test Kit Instructions

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This simple, non-invasive breath test by Genova Lab detects lactose intolerance, a condition affecting more than 50 million Americans. Proper detection enables effective treatment of lactose maldigestion and malabsorption, to help alleviate chronic symptoms of bloating, gas, diarrhea, and abdominal pain.

Lactose intolerance is one of the most common gastrointestinal disorders, affecting hundreds of millions of people worldwide. This condition arises from an enzyme (lactase) deficiency in the gut, either as a result of genetics or a temporary irritation of the small intestine. Without adequate amounts of lactase, the digestive system is unable to properly break down and absorb lactose, the main sugar in milk and dairy products. When this happens, unabsorbed lactose is fermented by bacteria in the colon, causing the release of hydrogen and methane gases.

*Labs are not processed from New York state

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