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Fructose intolerance information & advice

When someone has fructose intolerance, this means that they will not be able to digest this particular carbohydrate form.

Individuals who have fructose intolerance will really have to limit their consumption of fruit, vegetables, honey as well as table sugar as these all contain this form of carbohydrate that will cause them problems. If they do happen to eat it, it can start collecting in the liver and kidneys and eventually they can suffer from liver or kidney failure.

Fructose intolerance is an inherited condition therefore there is not much you can do to prevent it. The symptoms that individuals will typically experience if they do happen to consume this type of carbohydrate include vomiting, dehydration, fever, extreme thirst and a great deal of sweating and urination. There can also be a loss of appetite in some people. If left untreated, this condition can rapidly become very serious and could cause death.

To detect whether or not someone has this condition, urine tests will be performed as well as blood tests, which will determine if there are high levels of liver enzymes in the blood.

This condition is treated by ensuring that all foods containing this type of carbohydrate are eliminated from the diet. It is important to determine whether an individual has this as close to birth as possible so that any damage to the liver, kidneys and small intestine can be avoided.