Lactose intolerance test

Lactose intolerance test

We’re not medical experts – we just love lactose free dairy. So please get advice from medical experts if you suspect that you’re lactose intolerant. Suspecting a lactose intolerance? If you experience some of the symptoms of lactose intolerance, it might be a good idea to get a test to see if you’re actually intolerant. In this article we’ll go through three different lactose intolerance tests – but remember to always consult or doctor if you suspect that you’re lactose intolerant or you experience discomforts. Get to know the different test options here.

Lactose intolerance test at home

It’s not advisable to try making a lactose intolerance test at home if you haven’t consulted your doctor first. You may be advised to try the elimination-provocation test, but you shouldn’t start experimenting without your doctor’s accept as symptoms of lactose intolerance can be similar to symptoms of other things such as milk allergy, which might cause severe reactions if you start doing your own lactose intolerance test at home.

Fortunately, you can replace the dairy products with lactose-free milk products from Arla. And with our lactose-free recipes you can also get a dose of inspiration for delicious dishes! 

A lactose-free diet is not the only solution for dealing with lactose intolerance. For example, you can take lactase tablets or pills, so that you can still digest lactose. For more information, it is best to consult your doctor or nutritionist.


Confused? Fear not – we got you covered! Here below we’ve listed some frequently asked questions about testing for lactose intolerance. Remember to always consult your doctor if you’re experiencing any symptoms or you have any questions about lactose intolerance.​

Is there a lactose intolerance test?

Yes, some of the most used lactose intolerance tests are elimination-provocation test, hydrogen breath test, and lactose tolerance blood test.

What is a lactose intolerance test?

With a lactose intolerance test you can test if you’ve enough lactase in your body to digest lactose. In other words: whether you’re lactose intolerant or not.

What test determine lactose intolerance?

There are several tests for lactose intolerance. Your doctor can advise you to the best one for your situation.

How do doctors check for lactose intolerance?

Your doctor can make different lactose intolerance tests. The lactose tolerance test is a blood test, whereas the hydrogen test is a breath test. Both a carried out by the doctor and takes a few hours. The elimination-provocation test takes longer, as you first need to remove lactose from your diet and afterwards reintroduce it to see if there are any changes in your symptoms.

How to get a lactose intolerance test?

If you suspect that you’re lactose intolerant, contact your doctor. He or she can give you advice about what test is the best for you.

What is a breath test for lactose intolerance?

A hydrogen breath test measures the hydrogen level in the air when you exhale. By testing the air before and after you drink a sugar solution, it’s possible to see the development in the hydrogen level. If the hydrogen level rises significantly, there is a strong probability of you being lactose intolerant.

What is a lactose tolerance test?

The lactose tolerance test is a blood test. The doctor watches the blood sugar over a few hours to determine whether lactose intolerance is an option or not.

How do you know if you’re lactose intolerant?

If you experience symptoms such as bloating or diarrhoea after eating or drinking dairy products, it may be a sign of lactose intolerance. If you suspect that you’re lactose intolerant, you should always consult your doctor. He or she can advise you on how to find out if you’re lactose intolerant – and provide you with a lactose intolerance test if needed.

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Always ask your doctor or dietician if you experience any discomfort or what you believe could be symptoms of lactose intolerance. We love lactose-free dairy, but we’re far from medical experts.