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Brian
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posted 10-17-1998 11:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Brian   Click Here to Email Brian     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am trying to do some research to discover if perhaps a food intolerance might account for my symptoms. (I thought it was IBS for years, but I don't think so anymore.) The first thing I am going to try to see if I have a lactose intolerance by eliminating all milk products I can think of and also taking 9000 FCC of lactase enzyme. I am going to try this for a week.

If this doesn't alleviate the symptoms of extreme stomach bloating and gas, the next thing on my list is to see if I have some trouble disgesting glucose. The questions I am putting are; Is there such a thing as glucose intolerance? What are the symptoms? How much glucose has to be ingested to trigger a reaction?(Could a couple of teaspoons of sugar in coffee trigger it?) How long after ingestion would the symptoms appear? What causes such an intolerance (an enzyme deficiency?) Could anyone point me to a site where I could learn more about food intolerances? And finally, what other intolerances could cause these symptoms?

I would dearly love to be able to walk into a doctors office and get tested for this stuff all at once, but that just isn't possible for me. Thanks.

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posted 10-17-1998 01:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for flux   Click Here to Email flux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There is a detailed discussion of carbohydrate malabsorption in another topic a few days old.

I did not mention glucose-galactose malabsorption however. This is an extremely rare condition and probably even rarer to begin in adulthood. It probably involves a genetic defect of the glucose co-transporter and would prevent the absorption of all sugar except for fructose.

If you had it, you would almost certainly known it immediately since you wouldn't be able to tolerate any food with sugar or starch in it, and you probably would have lost weight.

Note that food intolerance and malabsorption are really not the same thing. The former being a more complicated issue.

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