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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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Why am i lactose intolerant?

Why am i lactose intolerant?

Varies: The lactose intolerant person is either born without the enzyme needed to digest lactose, or looses it with age. It can be temporary after a bowel injury like prolonged diarrhea, but this mar heal and tolerance returns. You can either avoid lactose or take the enzyme as a supplement ; have a great life. ...Read more

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Is my baby lactose intolerant?

Is my baby lactose intolerant?

Maybe: A baby can develop transient lactose intolerance after a bad diarrhea. It seldom lasts more than a week or two, and healing is delayed if lactose containing feeds continue during the illness.You really didn't offer much to go on.In the future please list the kids age and other symptoms when you ask a question. ...Read more

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Silk ok if lactose intolerant?

Silk ok if lactose intolerant?

Yes: Silk is soy milk (the whey from fermenting soy). There are no milk products in it, thus no lactose. ...Read more

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Could you become lactose intolerant?

Could you become lactose intolerant?

Yes: Lactose intolerance can develop in adulthood. It can be primary loss of lactase enzyme activity which is genetically programmed. It can also be secondary, due to injury of the small intestine by another disease such as celiac disease. ...Read more

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What to do if i'm lactose intolerant?

What to do if i'm lactose intolerant?

Diet and pills: Lactose intolerance tends to persist once one develops it. Trying avoiding foods with lactose or find alternatives that are lactose-free. You can also take some Lactaid enzyme pills before consuming milk products. ...Read more

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What is making me lactose intolerant?

Decreased lactase : You body is not producing enough lactase enzyme to digest lactose. You can take lactaid or similar product with dairy products to help. ...Read more

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How to tell if I am lactose intolerant?

Breath testing: There is a simple breath test that many labs run to diagnose lactose intolerance. ...Read more

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How do I know if i'm lactose intolerant?

Simple test: Try avoiding all milk products for a week and then try the lactaid brand of milk/cheese/ice cream. If you don't have any problems with those then you are likely to be lactose intolerant. There is also a breath hydrogen test that some GI offices perform to more definitively diagnose the condition. ...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