1/9/2020

One third believe they are lactose intolerant

At Christmas time, with all the extra food we are eating, many people get an upset stomach. According to a survey performed by Origo Group on behalf of Dynamic Code, 30 percent of Swedes believe their abdominal pain is due to lactose sensitivity. 61 percent of the population say they would want to know if they really are lactose intolerant, and 50 percent are open to ordering a self-testing kit online to test their stomach health.

In fact, only a small percentage of the Swedish population have a predisposition to lactose intolerance. To avoid living in the unknown, and to get help with stomach problems, there is now a self-test that shows if a person has genetic predispositions to primary lactose intolerance.

- “Sweden has one of the lowest proportions of lactose intolerant people in the world, yet many believe they suffer from lactose intolerance. That’s a good indication of how important it is to actually find out the cause for the stomach issues,” says Atrin Sahafi, specialist physician in gastrointestinal diseases and internal medicine, as well as medical expert at Dynamic Code.

The common advice from traditional health care is to eat a dairy-free diet for four weeks, and then make a conclusion regarding lactose intolerance. However, to get rid of discomfort such as bloating, diarrhoea and abdominal pain, one has to investigate the cause of the stomach problems. With the right diagnosis and treatment, the ability to exclude more serious conditions increases and the risk of having ongoing poor stomach health will be reduced.

- “It is obviously much safer, easier and faster to take a self-test that indicates – with high reliability – whether primary lactose intolerance exists or not, which is why we advocate the importance of taking the test first,” says Anne Kihlgren, CEO and founder of Dynamic Code.

Dynamic Code’s self-test check for primary lactose intolerance, which is the most common type of lactose intolerance. Dynamic Code works in collaboration with specialist doctors at Medicheck on diagnosis, advice and treatment of stomach and bowel disorders.

Facts about lactose intolerance

Lactose intolerance is a condition of having a lactase enzyme deficiency in the small intestine. Lactase breaks down lactose (milk sugar). About 4-10 percent of the adult population in Sweden are lactose intolerant. HealthTech company Dynamic Code offers a self-test to determine primary lactose intolerance, which is the most common cause of lactase deficiency. In cases of primary lactose intolerance, the lactase enzyme deficiency is due to hereditary genetic variations and the problems typically arise during adolescence, at the earliest.

Apart from primary lactose intolerance, there are additional types of lactose intolerance. Secondary lactose intolerance occurs when the lining of the small intestine gets damaged. Once this is healed, the ability to produce lactase is normally restored. Congenital lactose intolerance is hereditary and a very rare disease, meaning the body is not able to produce lactase at all. This condition can be detected in newborn babies.

For more information contact:

Anne Kihlgren, CEO Dynamic Code
+46 13-465 53 21
anne.kihlgren@dynamiccode.se

Atrin Sahafi, specialist physician in gastrointestinal diseases and internal medicine, as well as medical expert at Dynamic Code
+46 76-216 03 81
atrin_s@hotmail.com