Fructose Malabsorption

Posted by CL @lelia, Dec 5, 2018

I'd like to start a discussion on fructose malabsorption, how to control it, what to eat and not eat, etc. . Is anybody interested?

@guthealth

Not restricted from spices per se. Just no onions or garlic right now. I always check the FODMAP list or email my nutritionist if in doubt. I use salt, pepper, can use garlic infused olive oil but no garlic. I use cinnamon and vanilla extract. Nutritionist does not want me eating a lot of potatoes right now either. Take longer to digest. I am allowed to have a few spoonfuls of rice and a few bites of potato here and there. Just not regularly I have tried reintroducing lentils and can eat them in small amounts if properly cooked. I have no problem consuming meats, eggs, etc. Everybody is different.

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@kay 57. I did a little research over the holidays and fresh cilantro, basil and bay leaf should have no sugars. Cloves has about the same is cinnamon, so should be ok. I have yet to try these.

Luky06.hi Lelia.You have fructose malabsorption disease.İ advise you.you first make exersises every say 30 munites for strengthening you immunity system.Get a pot and put in gingers,cinnamons,cernations.let it boiling 20 munites and than drink every say.İt would be so helpfull all your body.Best regard.

@luky2girls

Luky06.hi Lelia.You have fructose malabsorption disease.İ advise you.you first make exersises every say 30 munites for strengthening you immunity system.Get a pot and put in gingers,cinnamons,cernations.let it boiling 20 munites and than drink every say.İt would be so helpfull all your body.Best regard.

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Thanks so much for you thoughtful message. I hadn't thought of making cinnamon "tea"; eat cinnamon every day. Don't think ginger would agree. Do you have fructose malabsorption?

Is anyone taking one of the medications available for IBS? The Low FODMAP diet is not working out for me and I am going to discuss options (including meds) with my doctor. Would like to know others’ experiences.

@jackiem95

Is anyone taking one of the medications available for IBS? The Low FODMAP diet is not working out for me and I am going to discuss options (including meds) with my doctor. Would like to know others’ experiences.

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Medicines used depend on the symptoms you have. As for the diet, I tried it on my own and it was a total disaster until I went under guidance of a nutritionist.

@jackiem95

Is anyone taking one of the medications available for IBS? The Low FODMAP diet is not working out for me and I am going to discuss options (including meds) with my doctor. Would like to know others’ experiences.

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What medicines do you have in mind? I take some for g.i. issues, need to know what ones you are interested in.. Low FODMAP diet didn't work for me either; it was too inclusive of stuff I couldn't eat.

@guthealth

Medicines used depend on the symptoms you have. As for the diet, I tried it on my own and it was a total disaster until I went under guidance of a nutritionist.

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I'm glad you found a nutritionist that would work for you. I went to 4 different ones for fructose malabsorption, and they all told me I should be able to eat stuff I couldn't digest. One locally didn't charge me because she said she learned more from me than I did from her. Funny, but that's how much fructose malabsorption is such a new area and I believe overlooked. The symptoms can be terrible.

@lelia

I'm glad you found a nutritionist that would work for you. I went to 4 different ones for fructose malabsorption, and they all told me I should be able to eat stuff I couldn't digest. One locally didn't charge me because she said she learned more from me than I did from her. Funny, but that's how much fructose malabsorption is such a new area and I believe overlooked. The symptoms can be terrible.

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I was fortunate to find someone who works with digestive disorders at a major medical center. Nobody knows what your body can tolerate until you try it in very small amounts for at least three days. That’s how we do it. What works for one person may be a no no for someone else. I can have maple syrup but no honey. Go figure! Idea of Low FODMAP is that it is strict and restrictive at first but you gradually add foods to the diet. Not meant to stay restrictive forever. I am adding one to two new foods now per week.

@lelia

What medicines do you have in mind? I take some for g.i. issues, need to know what ones you are interested in.. Low FODMAP diet didn't work for me either; it was too inclusive of stuff I couldn't eat.

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As far as I know, Lotronex (alosetron) and Viberzi (eluxadoline) are the main ones for IBS-D. Yes, they can have side effects but at this point, I am about ready to risk them. Either that or back to daily doses of Imodium!

@guthealth

I was fortunate to find someone who works with digestive disorders at a major medical center. Nobody knows what your body can tolerate until you try it in very small amounts for at least three days. That’s how we do it. What works for one person may be a no no for someone else. I can have maple syrup but no honey. Go figure! Idea of Low FODMAP is that it is strict and restrictive at first but you gradually add foods to the diet. Not meant to stay restrictive forever. I am adding one to two new foods now per week.

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I understand the Low Fodmap diet regimen. Unfortunately, I have still not been able to start adding foods because I am not symptom free.

@guthealth

Medicines used depend on the symptoms you have. As for the diet, I tried it on my own and it was a total disaster until I went under guidance of a nutritionist.

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I am working with a nutritionist.

@jackiem95

I am working with a nutritionist.

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Hang in there. The medicine will hopefully tie you over the hump. I know it takes a while to figure out what you can and cannot eat. I noticed that I started to improve once I compiled my list of safe foods. I stayed on those for several weeks and once I started doing better, we added new things. It seemed to me that for a while there, I reacted to everything but eggs, bananas and chicken broth. I dropped 20 lbs in three months. I have now gained 10 of those back and can eat many more foods. But it was pretty bad there for about three months. I felt I was slowly disappearing.

@jackiem95

As far as I know, Lotronex (alosetron) and Viberzi (eluxadoline) are the main ones for IBS-D. Yes, they can have side effects but at this point, I am about ready to risk them. Either that or back to daily doses of Imodium!

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I'm not familiar with those drugs. Sorry! Good luck…

@guthealth

I was fortunate to find someone who works with digestive disorders at a major medical center. Nobody knows what your body can tolerate until you try it in very small amounts for at least three days. That’s how we do it. What works for one person may be a no no for someone else. I can have maple syrup but no honey. Go figure! Idea of Low FODMAP is that it is strict and restrictive at first but you gradually add foods to the diet. Not meant to stay restrictive forever. I am adding one to two new foods now per week.

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The four nutritionists I met with also worked at major medical centers. If you can have maple syrup, it's high doubtful you have fm.

@jackiem95

As far as I know, Lotronex (alosetron) and Viberzi (eluxadoline) are the main ones for IBS-D. Yes, they can have side effects but at this point, I am about ready to risk them. Either that or back to daily doses of Imodium!

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I just got a chance to look up these 2 drugs in Daily Med, which lists all the ingredients. Both have sugars in them, whether lactose, corn starch, mannitol, etc. , so it wouldn't be a good idea to take these manufactured versions if you have fructose malabsorption. You could get them compounded at a compounding pharmacy. Just specify sugar free, lactose free, etc. For a filler I have found microcrystalline cellulose to be pretty good, and definitely better than cellulose. Naturally insurance plans won't cover compounded drugs; at least, I don't know of any that do. Again, good luck!

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