Lactose Check™ - allows anyone to test themselves for lactose intolerance simply
and safely at home - you could have an answer in just 15 minutes.
The Lactose Check™ pack can help you find out whether a lactose intolerance could
be triggering your symptoms using a method similar to that used in many UK hospitals
but with the convenience of being able to test with only a finger prick blood drop
and in your own home without lengthy waits in out patient departments. The pack provides
sufficient materials to perform the test successfully.
Do you have lactose intolerance?
The symptoms of lactose intolerance will occur after eating or drinking a substance
that contains lactose such as milk. The severity of symptoms will depend on the amount
of lactose that you have eaten or drank and varies from person to person. Some people
may be able to drink a glass of milk without having any symptoms whilst others may
feel unwell after just a small amount of milk in a cup of tea. Lactose intolerance
should not be confused with dairy allergies to milk products.
What causes lactose intolerance?
Lactose is a sugar found in milk and products made from milk. In healthy people,
the lactose is digested by an enzyme called lactase found in the upper intestine.
Lactase digests the milk sugar into two simple sugars called glucose and galactose
which can be absorbed easily into the blood stream.
How common is lactose intolerance?
Around 1 in 15 people in the UK do not produce sufficient lactase enzyme and are
unable to digest lactose from milk and dairy products. Undigested lactose is not
absorbed from the intestine causing diarrhoea, bloating, abdominal pain and wind.
Some people with coeliac disease may also suffer from lactose intolerance due to
the damage caused to the intestine by gluten found in wheat, rye and barley.
A simple and reliable procedure to check for lactose intolerance used in hospitals
is to give the patient a drink of lactose in water and look for an increase in blood
sugar levels over the next hour. A rise in blood sugar indicates that lactose has
been converted into glucose and that the lactase enzymes are working normally. No
increase in blood sugar levels suggest that the patient could have a lactose intolerance.
How does Lactose Check™ work?
Health Check Shop® have simplified this standard hospital procedure by only needing
a finger prick drop of blood. This means the test is safe and convenient for you
to do in your own home and you could get an answer in as little as 15 minutes.
The Lactose Check™ pack contains;
1 x Simple to follow instructions and results sheet
1 x Electronic reusable blood sugar meter complete with batteries
10 x Blood sugar test strips
10 x Automatic finger prickers
What will my result tell me?
The Lactose Check™ pack will show you whether you are likely to have a lactose intolerance
or not. If you have a positive result it is important that you discuss your results
with your doctor or a qualified dietician before changing your diet.
If your blood sugar levels rise significantly within 60 minutes of ingesting a lactose
drink, such as milk, then you are unlikely to have a lactose intolerance. Blood sugar
levels remain more or less low and constant and do not rise significantly if you
have a lactose intolerance. Don’t worry if this sounds confusing at first - our health
check experts can help you understand your results once you have completed the test.
The test is not suitable for;
children under the age of 16
If you have an IgE mediated milk allergy
If you have any questions please call us before ordering.
*All tests requested by 3.30pm on a working day are dispatched the very same day.
If you have provided a valid email address you will receive a link to a free information
pack immediately by email and most customers receive their health check monitors
the very next morning depending on your location.
**A free online follow-up consultation is provided as part of our service to help
you understand your test results and for us to make sure that you have completed
the test correctly. The online consultation will be with one of our health check
experts. For further information click here