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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
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
Yes, comes with age: The great majority of the world's population becomes lactose intolerant with age (except northern europeans), because people produce less and less lactase enzyme and will not be able to digest milk sugar. Lactose intolerance can come on more suddenly after diarrhea. Taking lactase (lactaid tablets) can help a lot. We humans are the only mammals who keep drinking milk after weaning off the breast. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Virtually all..: Most caucasians who continue to drink milk thoughout their lives, continue to induce the production of lactase and do not develop oit. If you go without dairy for a long time, you can induce it. African-americans usually developed mild to more sigicant problems the older they get! ...Read more
Hello, can lactose intolerance happen suddenly, like in your late thirties after having very little problems with dairy before?
Yes: Many adults cannot tolerate dairy products, and this trait is more common in some racial groups. ...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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