Yes, other sugar "loads" can be given to examine other sugar (disaccharide) intolerances; however, lactose is the most commonly tested.
Other breath tests are available to help detect conditions, but they measure different substances and are unrelated to tolerance testing. Two examples are a breath test for Helicobacter pylori infection and alcohol (ethanol) testing.
3. Can I do anything to increase my production of lactase?
No, lactase concentrations do not change with lifestyle changes. However, many people with lactose intolerance are able to digest small amounts of milk and are often able to tolerate yogurt and hard cheeses.
4. Is there treatment available for lactose intolerance?
There is no specific treatment to cure lactose intolerance, but it can be managed. Lactose-reduced dairy products are available for those with the condition. Supplements that contain the lactase enzyme can be taken when dairy products are consumed to help break down the lactose and prevent signs and symptoms. Non-dairy sources of calcium and other nutrients found in dairy products are also available for those who cannot tolerate lactose.
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