Another Sugar Intolerances That May Explain Your Stomach Problems
If you have any type of regular stomach pain, diarrhea, gassiness, or some combination of these symptoms, then you probably have already been tested for lactose intolerance. Lactose intolerance, a type of sugar intolerance, affects up to 25% of the US population. Fortunately, patients with lactose intolerance may get stomach relief by either avoiding dairy products in their diet or by taking lactose digesting supplements that can help to digest dairy products.
So what happens if you have stomach problems, have been seen by your doctor, and lactose intolerance has been ruled out?
There are other types of lesser known sugar intolerances which can have similar symptoms as lactose intolerance. One type of sugar intolerance involves sucrose, also known as table sugar, and is called Sucrose Intolerance or Congenital Sucrase-Isomaltase Deficiency (CSID). Fortunately, the percentage of Americans with CSID is much lower than those with lactose intolerance.
If you think you have CSID, you could try to avoid table sugar. Many patients with CSID should also stay away from eating starches, such as breads and rice, because the protein in the body that digests table sugar is also involved in digesting starches. Avoiding these foods becomes challenging for the typical American who consumes about 51 percent of their calories in the form of carbohydrates, with about 30 percent of the carbohydrate calories coming from sucrose and about 60 percent from starch.
Because CSID occurs in fewer people, CSID awareness is lower than lactose intolerance. To see if you have CSID you would need the help of your physician, preferably a gastroenterologist. A gastroenterologist is a doctor specializing in diseases and conditions of the gut.
Keep in mind that if you are an adult, Sucrose Intolerance is not something the typical doctor will look for. The reason it is difficult to diagnose in adults is that CSID is thought to be a disease diagnosed in childhood. What the medical community is learning is that CSID does not look the same in all CSID patients. Some patients may have severe stomach pain or diarrhea, while others might have milder symptoms. This is important because these CSID symptoms look different than the “classic” look of CSID. Because of the low CSID awareness and the lack of understanding that there is no “typical” CSID patient, your Sucrose Intolerance could go undiagnosed for years and may not be diagnosed even as an adult. However, you can help your doctor to determine if you have CSID by sharing this and other information on Sucrose Intolerance.