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What are signs of lactose intolerance in an adult?

What are signs of lactose intolerance in an adult?

Lactose intol. & age: Lactose intolerance is due to not have a sufficient amount of the enzyme lactase to digest the complex sugar in milk, lactose to simple sugars than can be absorbed by the intestines. That deficiency can be congenital or acquired especially following a severe gastroenteritis. The symptoms are often bloating, abdominal pain, gas, diarrhea, and/or nausea and are unrelated to age. ...Read more

Lactose (Definition)

Found in milk. Lactose is a large sugar molecule that is made up of two smaller sugar molecules, glucose and galactose. In order for lactose to be absorbed from the intestine and into the body, it must first be split into glucose and galactose. The glucose and galactose are then absorbed by the cells lining the small intestine. The enzyme that splits lactose into glucose ...Read more


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What could cause a sudden onset of lactose intolerance?

Lactose Intolerance : Lactose intolerance is due to the loss of the lactase enzyme responsible for breaking down lactose in dairy. Lactose is the primary sugar in dairy. It is very common for people to eventually become lactose intolerant. ...Read more

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Can lactose intolerance pills work?

Can lactose intolerance pills work?

Yes: When taken with meals containing milk sugar lactose, the enzyme lactase found in those pills helps to digest the milk sugar lactose into glucose and galactose. The pills need to be taken at the time of the meal, not before and not after- in order to work. Take in the directed amount based on the amount of milk in the food. ...Read more

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How do you live with lactose intolerance?

Avoidance: Lactose intolerance is the inability of the gut to digest the disaccharide lactose. There are replacement enzymes you can take orally. The effectiveness varies. Avoidance of lactose remains the primary treatment. In general, it takes a fair bit of lactose to induce symptoms. ...Read more

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Can lactose intolerance develop suddenly?

Can lactose intolerance develop suddenly?

Sudden lactose intol: Defects in lactose absorption can be acquired (due to inflammatory conditions of the intestine*) or congenital. Adult lactase deficiency (hypolactasia) is autosomal recessive (ar) & present in >75% of non-caucasians & 20% of caucasians. Congenital lactase deficiency (ar) is acute watery diarrhea in infants. *see your doctor for evaluation if your lactose intolerance is indeed of sudden onset. ...Read more

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How to be diagnosed with lactose intolerance.?

How to be diagnosed with lactose intolerance.?

Diarrhea bloating: Bloating and gas and even diarrhea are symptoms of lactose intolerance- seen more commonly with milk than with yogurt, since yogurt has live cultures that digests some of the milk sugar. A Gastroenterologist specialist can do a breath hydrogen test to see if your breath hydrogen rises in response to a lactose drink. That is one way to confirm lactose intolerance. ...Read more

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How do I find out if I am lactose intolerance?

Lactaid: The easiest way is to try a trial of lactaid milk or yoghurt or lactaid tablets with a milk containing meal. If this prevents symptoms from drinking milk, then most likely you have lactose intolerance. ...Read more

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What is people who have lactose intolerance eat?

Lactose probs: You can eat what you want as long as you take lactaid tablets when you eat dairy products. You can also substitute dairy with soy based products if your intolerance is severe and is not controlled with lactaid. ...Read more

Dr. Bhavin Patel
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Lactose Intolerance (Definition)

Lactose is a type of sugar found in milk and other dairy products. Lactose intolerance develops when the small intestine does not make enough of an enzyme called lactase. The body needs this enzyme to digest lactose. This is not a milk allergy, but instead an intolerance with gastrointestinal symptoms of crampy abdominal pain, gassiness and diarrhea worse with increasing ...Read more


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Milk Intolerance (Definition)

Milk intolerance (lactose intolerance), is a condition where a person's body does not produce enough of the enzyme lactase, which works to digest the milk sugars. Without this enzyme, the milk sugar goes undigested, which can cause ...Read more