Lactose intolerance

Milk is the first and most important nutritional ingredient for every baby and child.

It contains components such as proteins, fats, carbohydrates, minerals and vitamins that are essential for growth and development.

Lactose is the main carbohydrate found in dairy products and is frequently hailed as a trigger for digestive problems.

Lactose intolerance affects around 1 in 50 people of Northern Europe descent and this figure increases substantially for other ethnic groups such as African and Asian.

Lactose intolerance is caused by the body not producing enough of the enzyme; lactase, which digests lactose. As a result, the lactose will remain in the gut longer, which will enable the bacteria to ferment and lead to a build-up of gas. This commonly causes symptoms such as wind, bloating, stomach cramps and diarrhoea.

These symptoms are relatively general and can appear anywhere between 15 minutes to two hours after the last intake of milk or dairy, making it difficult to accurately diagnose. The symptoms of lactose intolerance can be reduced by limiting the intake of foods that are considered to be rich in lactose. It is also possible to take lactase tablets at meal times to improve lactose digestion.


Testing for lactose intolerance

Although there are several ways to test for lactose intolerance, most tests are often harmful and painful; as these tests are based on provoking symptoms, or alternatively, are often considered to be overly invasive and involve taking a biopsy of the small intestine.

Our simple test; Outlook, provides an easy and non-stressful alternative for you to find out if your child is predisposed to lactose intolerance. This genetic test can be performed before any symptoms of intolerance become evident. Therefore, with an appropriate diet, it is possible to prevent symptoms from ever appearing.

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