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A 32-year-old female asked:

should my lactose-intolerant husband find an alternative to soy milk? i don't quite know what to make of all the negative soy press lately.

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Lactose-free milk: Milk lovers no longer have to stop drinking cow milk when they become lactose intolerant. Lactose-free milk used to be hard to find in the stores (mainly lactaid brand), but in the last 10 years, every american grocery store has it, in all the cities. If living in a small town, or out of the U.S., just use lactaid tablets. One can always carry some tablets, and take one with every glass of milk.

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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 27-year-old member asked:

How do physicians test if you have lactose intolerance?

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Dr. Howard Hack
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
Breath testing: The most common ways to test for lactose intolerance are a trial off lactose or hydrogen breath testing. There is no clear right testing method. I would ask your physician for their help with this.
A 48-year-old member asked:

What kind of foods can you eat with lactose / milk intolerance?

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Dr. Javier Chinen
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 30 years experience
Use lactase : Use of a digestive aid containing the enzyme lactase helps to reduce symptoms associated to lactose intolerance, and eat practically all foods. Without this digestive aid, most lactose intolerant people would tolerate traces of milk, but not more than a tablespoon of milk, or less than a bite of cheese. Food containing dairy products should be avoided. (eg, ice cream, pizza, cheese, yogurt).

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