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how can i treat lactose intolerance?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
2 choices: You treat this issue by #1 avoiding all products with lactose or #2 take supplemental lactase enzyme (lactaid and others).There are milk products available that have the enzyme added and there are milk substitutes (almond ; soy) that contain no lactose. Some milk based products (cheddar cheese ; yogurt) that are low enough in lactose content that they don't trigger symptoms.

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A 46-year-old member asked:

What is lactose intolerance? Does it cause bloating?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Can't digest lactose: A normal person eating a healthy diet including dairy products can get flatulence or bloating. One reason is excess fiber. Since humans don't digest the fiber, intestinal bacteria will feed on it and make gas as a byproduct. Another reason is lactose intolerance, in which one can't digest the lactose (milk sugar) he eats. Again, bacteria will feed on it. Gas can build up, causing bloating.
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A 25-year-old member asked:

Can a person develop lactose intolerance?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Yes, comes with age: The great majority of the world's population becomes lactose intolerant with age (except northern europeans), because people produce less and less lactase enzyme and will not be able to digest milk sugar. Lactose intolerance can come on more suddenly after diarrhea. Taking lactase (lactaid tablets) can help a lot. We humans are the only mammals who keep drinking milk after weaning off the breast.
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A 44-year-old member asked:

Can lactose intolerance symptoms always occur between 30 minutes and 2 hours?

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Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
No: The primary symptoms of lactose intolerance are boosting, nausea, gas, loose stools and cramping. These symptoms can persist for hours to days after lactose consumption.
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A 28-year-old member asked:

Is there any cure for lactose intolerance?

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Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
Yes: Avoid dairy products. Of all mammals, only humans consume milk in adulthood. The ability to properly absorb lactose decreases over time. Lactaid may be of some benefit but it is best to just avoid dairy if it bothers you.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What should I take to treat severe symptoms of lactose intolerance?

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Dr. Martin Fried
General Practice 36 years experience
Lactaid: Lactaid is the enzyme that replaces the missing enzyme in people with lactose intolerance. You need to take the enzyme when you ingest milk dairy products. Milk sugar, lactose, is also a hidden ingredient in many cold cuts and other products- so buyer beware. If you are already experiencing symptoms, it is too late to take the enzyme. Also try predigested lactaid milk.

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