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Stomach cramps and bloating main cause of food intolerance fears

Peter Stringer
Peter Stringer

Over half of all symptoms referred for clinical analysis are related to bloating, digestive problems and stomach cramps, a new survey has revealed.

Almost 60 per cent of people who opted for food intolerance tests did so because of concerns about stomach cramps and bloating.

The latest analysis, carried out by YorkTest, found it was the primary concern among the public.

The company sampled almost 2,500 people during 2015.

Researchers discovered that the next major worry among the public were skin conditions, mainly itchy skin, eczema and psoriasis.

YorkTest Ireland’s Chief Operations Officer Sonja Waters said: “Our sample involved analysing over 2,300 people and 59 per cent reported complaints about bloating and stomach cramps.”

“It was the major issue among our sample of customers and was their primary focus in achieving well being,” she added.

“The other main issues of concern were skin conditions which accounted for 14% of sample and fatigue and exhaustion which came in at 10 per cent. Headaches and migraine represented 4 per cent of our analysis,” said Waters.

YorkTest Ireland said it anticipated a very busy period during the coming months as people opted to change their lifestyles and focus on their health and well being.

The firm’s simple pin-prick blood test allows a person to have their intolerances scientifically analysed in a laboratory.

It is followed up with nutritional advice.

Sportspeople such as former Irish rugby scrum half Peter Stringer and Olympic athlete Paula Ratcliffe have testified to the benefits of YorkTest’s analysis and the positive impact on their lives.