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Asian Lactose Intolerant
If millions of Africans and Asians are lactose intolerant and can't consume dairy products then where do they get their calcium?
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
Symptoms after dairy: Can occur as we get older, more in some ethnic groups (jews, blacks, asians), with certain parasites (giardia), after gastroenteritis. "poor man's test": drink 1 pint skim milk on empty stomach; get symptoms (gas, bloat, cramps diarrhea within 2 h). Can do lactose tolerance test (blood or breath test). Can have small amts as mixed meal; fat helps tolerance; yogurt more tolerable. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Similar to lactose: That answer is a book long parasites which are common such as giardia infections of the stomach such as h pylori gluten intolerance or celiac disease and on and on and on consider eliminating variousthings from your diet and if that does not help time to talk with a doctor. ...Read more
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Varies: There are subtle differences in lactose intolerance. Some have it from birth, some acquire it as they get older (allowing mothers milk to work in infancy), some have it transiently after any diarrhea. The data I've read suggest 1/4 of the adult population in this country are lactose intolerant. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Tests: The gold standard for determining lactose intolerance, is the breath hydrogen measurment. This can be done as an outpatient. It involves drinking a known amount of lactose solution and measuring the amount of hydrogen given off in exhaled air over a few hours. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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