Fructose Intolerance - Symptoms of The New Food Allergy on the Block
Symptoms of Fructose Malabsorption
The symptoms of fructose intolerance are nearly the same as the typical symptoms for IBS and other food intolerances, but symptoms will vary from person to person.
- Diarrhea - by far the most common symptom, which often leads to vitamin and mineral deficiencies, as food passes out of the system too quickly.
- Constipation may alternate with diarrhea.
- Bloating and flatulence.
- Stomach pain.
- Nausea and vomiting.
What is Fructose Intolerance?
Though it is commonly referred to as fructose intolerance or fructose allergy, fructose malabsorption is the current medical term for this condition; which is emerging as a possible culprit for the mysterious intestinal symptoms associated with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome).
The disorder is often discovered after a patient with unexplained digestive distress is referred to a gastroenterologist for testing.
Diagnosing a Fructose Allergy
The test for diagnosing fructose malabsorption is a relatively easy one. All it involves is one day on a special diet (white foods, like chicken, fish, potatoes, rice, bread, etc.), followed by a 12-hour overnight fast and a hydrogen breath test in the morning. The breath test is often used to test for lactose intolerance, also. When either of these proteins are not being absorbed properly, the problem will show up on your breath as excess hydrogen.
How to Treat Fructose Intolerance
There is currently no medication that will magically make it possible for a person to digest fructose properly, so a modified diet is necessary. Certain fruits and vegetables will need to be eliminated, but most of all, foods and beverages containing high fructose corn syrup will have to go. Certain alcoholic beverages will be problematic, while others may have no effect. Often, small amounts of fructose will still be tolerated, but a person must experiment to find the right amount for him or herself.
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