UK based TestDiagnostics the foremost provider of laboratory accredited and certified health tests has released a new Food Intolerance test, the Cerascreen Food Intolerance Test. This diagnostic test is available online from TestDiagnostics and can be used conveniently and safely in the comfort of your own home.
Food intolerances are often mistaken with Food Allergies. Crucially, food allergies are a response to a specific food by the immune system which may result in potentially serious conditions such as itching, laboured breathing or an uncomfortable rash. For example, the most common food allergies in adults are considered to be fish or nuts whilst children are more likely to be allergic to nuts and fish as well as eggs or milk.
Food intolerances are less aggressive than food allergies and the onset of symptoms is much slower. The symptoms are likely to last longer but are not considered to be life threatening and the symptoms can often be mistaken with digestive disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome, gastrointestinal obstructions or other bowel diseases. The symptoms are caused by eating wheat or dairy products and can cause bloating or stomach cramps.
Lactose intolerance is an example of a food intolerance where the body struggles to digest lactose. Lactose intolerance may result in stomach pains or diarrhoea and is commonly caused by milk or dairy products like yoghurt or certain cheeses.
Gluten is another problematic protein found in foods such as wheat, rye or barley and results in a common digestive condition called coeliac disease. It is neither an allergy or an intolerance to gluten but rather an autoimmune conditions where gluten is considered to be a threat to the body which in turn attempts to break it down.
In reality food allergies are less prevalent than food intolerances with studies showing that only 2% of the adult population affected.
The Cerascreen Food Intolerance Test from TestDiagnostics allows you to test your blood for antibodies to common foods. You can test for intolerances to foodstuffs such as eggs, milk, fruits, grain with our without gluten, wheat, meat, grain with gluten and many more. The test is easy to use and involves the collection of a simple finger prick blood sample. Once you have collected the sample it can be placed in the sterile return bag provided by TestDiagnostics and sent to the laboratory for analysis. Accurate results can be expected within 10 days.
TestDiagnostics.com is a London based testing company specialising in both STI and genetic health. While lab based tests have been around for decades they have largely only been available via the NHS or private clinics. TestDiagnostics.com have pioneered lab based mail order tests, which allows the patient to take the test in the privacy of their own home while also receiving their test results via phone or email.
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