Most of the people in India are lactose intolerant. This means the body is unable to digest lactose, a sugar found in milk and milk products. In order to diagnose lactose intolerance, we need to measure how your body absorbs lactose.
During the procedure:
- You drink a lactose-heavy beverage.
- We analyze your breath at regular intervals to measure the amount of hydrogen.
- If the lactose is not digested by your body, it will be fermented by bacteria, leading to a production of various gases, including hydrogen.
- High levels of hydrogen in your breath indicate that your body cannot properly digest lactose and you may be lactose intolerant.