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Lactose Intolerance Test

This test evaluates your body’s ability to digest lactose, the sugar in milk and dairy products. Lactose intolerance can cause bloating, gas, and diarrhoea after consuming dairy.

£225.00

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What is Lactose Intolerance Test?

The Lactose Intolerance Test is a diagnostic test used to determine if an individual has difficulty digesting lactose, a type of sugar found in milk and dairy products. Lactose intolerance occurs when the body produces insufficient amounts of lactase, the enzyme needed to break down lactose in the small intestine.

During the test, the individual consumes a measured amount of lactose solution, typically diluted in water. Blood samples may be taken at specific intervals to measure blood sugar levels. Alternatively, the individual may be asked to collect breath samples at regular intervals to measure the levels of hydrogen gas produced by the fermentation of undigested lactose in the colon.

If the individual experiences symptoms such as bloating, gas, abdominal pain, or diarrhea, and/or exhibits abnormal changes in blood sugar levels or breath hydrogen levels after consuming the lactose solution, it suggests the presence of lactose intolerance.

The Lactose Intolerance Test is a valuable tool for diagnosing lactose intolerance and guiding treatment strategies, which often include dietary modifications to reduce lactose intake or the use of lactase supplements to aid in lactose digestion. By identifying lactose intolerance through testing, individuals can make informed choices about their diet and lifestyle to minimize symptoms and improve their overall quality of life.

What does a Lactose Intolerance Test show?

A Lactose Intolerance Test helps determine if an individual has difficulty digesting lactose, a sugar found in milk and dairy products. If the test results indicate lactose intolerance, it typically means that the individual’s body has trouble breaking down lactose due to insufficient levels of the enzyme lactase.

Symptoms of lactose intolerance may include bloating, gas, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and nausea after consuming lactose-containing foods or beverages. The test results, along with the individual’s symptoms and medical history, can help healthcare providers diagnose lactose intolerance and develop an appropriate management plan.

Managing lactose intolerance often involves dietary modifications to reduce or avoid lactose-containing foods and beverages. Additionally, lactase enzyme supplements may be used to aid in lactose digestion. By identifying lactose intolerance through testing, individuals can make informed choices about their diet and lifestyle to minimize symptoms and improve their overall quality of life.

How Home Test kit works?

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Explore & Order

Discover our tests – SIBO, Lactose Intolerance, Fructose Intolerance, and Helicobacter Pylori. Place an online order, and your kit will be delivered to your doorstep.

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Sample Collection

Follow the user-friendly instructions in your kit to effortlessly collect samples at home. Our advanced technology ensures unparalleled accuracy in  results.

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Evaluation

Safely return samples to us. Samples undergo meticulous analysis using state-of-the-art technology. Results are carefully evaluated by our expert team.

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Results

Receive your comprehensive health results securely via email. Opt for an expert consultation with our Consultant Gut Physiologist for further insights and guidance if needed.

Why Choose us

Convenience

Experience the convenience of having comprehensive digestive health assessments conducted at your preferred location. Skip hospital waits and travel for tests.

Expert Care

Our highly trained specialists deliver top-quality care and advanced diagnostic assessments, staying true to their specific areas of expertise.

Advanced Technology

We only use cutting-edge equipment to perform only validated factual tests. We do not promote use of science-fiction and research level tests.

CQC Regulated

Committed to the highest standards of safety and quality. We caution our patients for using providers without CQC licence.

NHS Aligned

Offering an enhanced level of service in line with NHS standards. That is why our results are easily used by your both private and NHS clinicians.

Cross Checking Reports

Each individual test is reviewed by at least two experts to ensure highest quality of outcome, eliminating human error.

FAQ

I do not have any gut health issues. Do I need to take a test?

Digestive system affects almost all your body. Problems in this organ may present in different ways in different people. If there are other illnesses in you that the clinicians are scratching their heads not knowing why you are not getting better, then it may worth checking your gut.

Headaches due to anaemia, acnea and other skin conditions, joint pain weak and bristle bones due to low calcium and vitamin D, frequent infections due to lack of immunity, lack of immunity due to lack of Vitamin D and anaemia, depression, anxiety, … literally, any illness than can originate from not having enough nutrients body or if there is a famine.

We suggest you book a consultation with our clinician expert in HMBTs to discuss this. Alternatively, it is very helpful to get your private or NHS doctor’s opinion. As a last resort, you can read more about each test by clicking through their page. This includes details on which symptoms are most relevant for each test. However, there is often a huge overlap in the symptoms in different conditions and there is no specific symptom for each condition. You would not need a test if symptom would be so specific anyway.

Even when your symptoms triggered by dairy product, there is no guarantee that the symptoms are not actually due to SIBO which starts fermenting lactose in dairy product before having chance to be absorbed by your body. According to the internationally accepted HMBT guidelines, anybody considering lactose or fructose malabsorption test, must first test for SIBO. SIBO is far easier to treat and do not require a life-long avoidance of nutrients with huge side effects.

We often ship to both UK and international addresses. Delivery charge will be different and for international delivery, there will be an additional fee according to the courier companies’ fees. If you have a special request, feel free to get in touch.

You will receive a copy of your test results and if you would prefer your clinician too. Details are clear and jargon-free though a clinician is in best place to assist you with the management plans. Our practitioners also review all results, providing personalised recommendations reflected in your result. You can also book a consultation to discuss the treatment plans and your next steps to a symptom-free life with our clinicians.

GI Cognition is in agreement with most major private insurers. A list of covered private insurance clients will be available here shortly

GI Cognition provides breath tests and physiology test service to both NHS and private hospitals. There is no reason you cannot discuss your breath test results with your doctors in either NHS or private hospitals. If your clinician would require further details or advice regarding how to use the results, our clinicians are available 24/7 all year long to assist free of charge.

The best strategy in this case will be if you treat SIBO first before considering further testing. If your symptoms do not improve sufficiently, you need a different treatment to eliminate those bacteria, or alternatively, you are suffering from lactose, fructose malabsorption or both. If you initially respond well to the treatment but in a few weeks time you notice relapse of symptoms, it is likely that you did not sufficiently treat SIBO or, you did not eliminate the original cause of SIBO that started this to begin with.

How long does it take to receive the SIBO Test Report?

It generally takes 1-2 weeks from the day we receive your sample to generate and share the Gut Microbiome Test Report with you. Once your report is prepared, our team will share a PDF version via email for your review and further discussion.

No, there’s no need for you to be physically present at our lab at any time during this process. We operate remotely and serve customers across the United Kingdom. You can easily order our test online, and we’ll deliver an easy-to-use sampling kit to your address. Once you’ve collected your sample, simply send it back to us, and we’ll take care of the rest, generating your Gut Microbiome Test Report and sharing it with you electronically.

For a SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth) test, typically a breath sample is needed. This sample is collected using a breath test kit, which usually involves drinking a solution containing a specific substrate (such as lactulose or glucose), and then breathing into collection tubes at specified intervals over a period of time. The breath samples are then analyzed to measure the levels of certain gases, such as hydrogen and methane, which can indicate the presence of bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine. This non-invasive method allows for easy sample collection and accurate testing for SIBO from the comfort of your home.

Insurance Coverage

We are affiliated with leading health insurance providers such as Aviva and WPA. Prior to scheduling any tests, please ensure you contact your insurance provider to verify your policy coverage and acquire a pre-authorization number.

Once we’ve received a referral for you, we will reach out to schedule your test and will request the following information:

  • The name of your insurance company
  • Your policy or membership number
  • Your claim reference number or pre-authorization code

Following this, we will handle communication directly with your insurance company for payment processing.

** Please be aware that prices may vary between insurance coverage and self-payment options.

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