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Old 27.03.2012, 16:00
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Lactose and Fructose Intolerance

Hi All, hope your all well.

I have been recently diagnosed with Lactose and Fructose intolerance, and was wondering if any of you suffer from both of these in conjunction. I have read and seen some of the posts on this site previously regarding such an issue but not with both intolerances.

Am based in Bern and was wondering where people go to buy their products, and how people cope with this on a daily bases. There is so much said out there and you just don’t know what is the truth etc, although all bodies are different and does depend on the individual.

Onions, Garlic, Wheat (fructans) are stated as not good, but how true is this? Any help form people who suffer from this and how they deal with this would be very helpful i.e. what do you stay away from and what do you eat?

Are there any Lactose and Fructose Friendly restaurants to eat in Bern? Any good dieticians to speak to or doctors for a 2nd or 3rd opinion?

Thanks All…

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Old 27.03.2012, 20:39
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Re: Lactose and Fructose Intolerance

I have fructose intolerance diagnosed, but not lactose intolerance. That said, if I have too much fructose, I definitely can't have dairy or gluten without getting even more sick. A lot of literature exists about how these food intolerances are all related. For example, I don't have problems with onions unless I am going hog wild with sugar and eating potatoes or pasta with it. I'm not into alcohol but they say that white wine is better than red.

Sadly, I can't eat fruit at all without getting sick but it seems that sugary foods are ok in moderation if they have roughly equal parts fructose glucose.

In restaurants I don't feel limited in where I go, but I usually get either meat with vegetables or fish with vegetables or salad. If there is a carbohydrate offered, I take rice and just don't finish all of it (rice doesn't have gluten, but the glycemic load can mess with the fructose situation in my experience).

It is also important to know "how much" sets off your allergy. We need some fructose in our diet, and I can handle around 20-30 grams a day before the allergic reaction triggers. Also I handle fructose (and gluten and dairy) better at lunch than at other times, so if I am going to cheat that is when I eat it. I would try and see which times seem to work better for you than others.

So for me, no booze, no soda, no fruit, limited carbs and I pretty much eat what I want going out. I don't stay away from the fructans unless I am in the middle of an attack.

It is just my experience but I hope it helps.
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Re: Lactose and Fructose Intolerance

Hi,

If you do not mind me asking, were you diagnosed by a GI Specialist?
When I was living in the US, many doctors said I was lactose intolerent and blah, blah, blah and I should not have dairy and other things as well. For many years I had stomach troubles when I would have Ice cream, milk, salads, wheat bread, other fruits and veggies. Then one day I got really sick and seen a few GI Specialists and narrowed it down to Chrons or Ulcerative Colitis. Since I have lived here and seen a GI Specialist it has been confirmed that it is Ulcerative Colitis and I have good medication and don't seem to have any troubles eating any of the listed items above. Only time I have troubles if I drink alot. So I do have to limit my alcohol intake.
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Re: Lactose and Fructose Intolerance

Hi Nicole & Tattoo,

Yes, I was diagnosed by a GI Specialist, the same doctor that did my Endoscope. I also had various tests, i.e. stool, blood, organ checks i.e. liver, Gallbladder etc. and the only thing they found was this issue with Lactose and Fructose.

Therefore, a dietician has given me a diet plan and am trying to work on it, but at times its not easy.

Still, some days am ok, but sometimes it really hits me hard. Like today :-( I had some onions and thats the only thing i can see that would have affected me. Am not Gluten intolerant accodring to the doctors, but am trying to stay away from Gluten as much as possible as its can contain fructans. The nausea and gas is the worse for me, i can live with the stomach problems.

Anyone shop from Special shops for your issues?

Any help is appreciated :-)
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