Lactose Intolerance & Other Food Intolerance Symptoms & Treatments in New Jersey
The Digestive Health & Nutrition Center has two convenient locations in Lawrenceville and Princeton, New Jersey where you can receive the exceptional care you deserve. Angela Merlo, MD is an experienced Gastroenterology specialist with particular expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of Food Intolerances in adults and children.
What is Food Intolerance?
Food Intolerance is the medical condition of incomplete digestion and absorption of specific food components. We utilize digestive enzymes to digest foods and liquids. A specific food component cannot be digested or absorbed if the specific digestive enzyme is lacking in sufficient quantity. Sometimes deficiencies in digestive enzymes are inherited so the food intolerance appears in family members. Food intolerances are not allergies. Lactose Intolerance is the most common food intolerance but there are many other food intolerances.
Do I Have Food Intolerance?
Symptoms of food intolerances are vague and can be produce by other digestive disorders so the right diagnosis is crucial. Symptoms include
- gas and bloating
- loss of appetite
- abdominal pain
- nausea with or without vomiting
- change in bowel habits
The diagnosis is made with breath tests. The right diagnosis is necessary so a proper treatment plan can be established. Dr. Merlo is careful to eliminate other digestive disorders that produce similar symptoms. Breath tests are readily available at the Digestive Health and Nutrition Center. Breath tests are non-invasive and easily accomplished by adults and children over 5-years old. Dr. Merlo is renowned for her knowledge and performance of breath tests. Good health is restored by following the specific dietary recommendations formulated by Dr. Merlo for your specific food intolerance. Prescription medications are not usually required.
If you or a family member have symptoms you think may be caused by a food intolerance, contact the Digestive Health & Nutrition Center in Lawrenceville or Princeton, New Jersey. Dr. Merlo will expedite your care.