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is it possible to suddenly become lactose intolerant?

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Dr. KT Park
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Lactose intolerance: The short answer is yes. Lactase is the enzyme that is active along the intestinal lining. With age, esp after 30s, the intestinal lining contains less lactase, rendering some to become lactose intolerant. Most often, 'transient lactose intolerance' occurs after a bout of a stomach virus or antibiotic-associated diarrhea (ie, any acute/chronic diarrhea), and the lining is temporarily damaged.

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A 43-year-old member asked:

What is good to eat when lactose intolerant?

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Dr. Maritza Baez
Family Medicine 17 years experience
Avoid Cow Milk: You can instead find products like cheese, milk, yogurt and ice cream made of soy, oat, rice, almonds, coconut milk, or hemp milk. Usually they can be found in health food stores or in the organic/health department of a grocery store.
A 33-year-old member asked:

If i'm not lactose intolerant, is lactose good for me?

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Dr. Alex Martinez
Specializes in Allergy
Sort of...: Lactose, also called "milk sugar" is the main carbohydrate found in milk. Even though it's a sugar & provides calories, its flavor is somewhat bland so it is used extensively by the pharmaceutical industry as a filler in pills. Lactose makes up between 2-8% of cow's milk by weight, so any food that contains milk will have lactose as well. Purified lactose is a high-calorie additive in some diets.
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A 31-year-old member asked:

What all must I stop eating if lactose intolerant ?

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Dr. David Wyatt
Family Medicine 26 years experience
Lactose foods...: Milk products/ dairy. There are different levels of allergy. Some patients can eat yogurt and cheese, others have to avoid all dairy. And dairy containing foods... Look for label with lacoste, milk in label. Soy products are good options. And new lactose free dairy products are becoming quite popular! best to you!
A 35-year-old member asked:

Silk ok if lactose intolerant?

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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Yes: Silk is soy milk (the whey from fermenting soy). There are no milk products in it, thus no lactose.
A 37-year-old member asked:

Is it normal to become lactose intolerant at 20?

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Dr. Jason Hemming
Gastroenterology 17 years experience
Yes: As we age, people tend to become more intolerate to lactose.

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