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Adult Onset Lactose Intolerance
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A forever problem: Lactose intolerance is genetically based (please see my earlier answer), & is "forever." of course, some people with the condition have higher threshold for tolerating at least a certain amount of lactose. Also, replacement of lactase (the enzyme that breaks lactose down) is over-the-counter, can permit better tolerance of ingested lactose. Minimize lactose-containing foods unless lactase is taken. ...Read more
Avoid dairy products: The simplest way is to eliminate all diary for one week: milk, ice cream, cheese, etc. And see if the symptoms go away. Then try adding a small amount of dairy products, such as a glass of milk each day for a week. If symptoms of abdominal pain, bloating and gas return, you may have lactose intolerance. Talk to your physician, to get more suggestions to evaluate or treat your symptoms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Breath test: Lactose intolerance can be diagnosed by a lactose breath test. Check with you doctor on setting it up for you. However many times people know they are lactose intolerant because they have symptoms with milk products. If you stop lactose for 2 weeks and feel better, that is another way to diagnose it. See a dietitian for advice especially about calcium and vit d if avoiding dairy. ...Read more
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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