Tuesday, September 30, 2008

What is Fructose Malabsorption

  • What is Fructose Malabsorption

    Fructose Malabsorption is not to be confused with Hereditary Fructose Intolerance (HFI), a condition in which the liver enzymes that break up fructose are deficient. In patients with fructose malabsorption, the small intestine fails to absorb fructose properly.

    Symptoms include:

    Typical symptoms of fructose malabsorption in children or babies may include:
  • Bloating (because of fermentation in the small and large intestine)
  • Diarrhea and / or constipation
  • Flatulence
  • Abdominal discomfort Stomach pain (due to muscle spasms, which can vary from mild and chronic to acute but erratic)
  • Irritability and tiredness due to lack of sleep
  • Night Waking
  • Fatigue

There is no known cure, but an appropriate diet will help. However, it is very difficult for undiagnosed sufferers to see any relationship between the foods they eat and the symptoms they suffer, even if they keep a daily diet diary. This is because most foods contain a mixture of fructose and glucose. Foods with more fructose than glucose are a problem. However, depending upon the sufferer's sensitivity to fructose, small amounts of problem foods could be eaten (especially when they are not the main ingredient of a meal).

Nursing Education Resources Medi Smart - Carbohydrate Malabsorption in Infants

Acknowledgement Wikipedia

1 comment:

miss n paul said...

i had ur blog sent to me by my bestfriend as my 15month old son suffers with gluten,lactose,sucrose and protein intolerances and malabsorption, she said reading what you had written sounded like i had written it word for word. The entire blog had me in tears, one because i felt so deeply for you and what you have been thru and 2, because i realised that my babe and i arent the only ones suffering this and another of relief that it isnt just all in my head. I thank my best friend for sending this to me, but i thank you most of all for writing it.Although i dont know you, i know what you and your family are going thru and i send you the biggest hugs ever imaginable