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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

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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Can a person develop lactose intolerance?

Can a person develop lactose intolerance?

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 more

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Can teenagers suddenly develope an allergy to gluten?

Can teenagers suddenly develope an allergy to gluten?

That's how it works: The same system that protects us from germs can decide something, like gluten, is an invader and mount various body defenses against it. It could happen anytime from birth on.It could be a simple allergic response like hives or a scary nasty one like those to bee stings. It can also trigger cross reactions that injure tissue, like celiac disease. ...Read more

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Can drinking milk when lactose intolerance cause any damage?

Can drinking milk when lactose intolerance cause any damage?

Perspectives differ: From my perspective the problem creates bloating, cramping, loose acidic stools & peri-anal irritation. I consider that an inconvenience. It does not cause your gut to bleed or worrisome damage to the intestines. ...Read more

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Can gluten/lactose intolerance cause hypothyroidism?

Can gluten/lactose intolerance cause hypothyroidism?

Thanks for asking!: Celiac disease, which is gluten intolerance (not lactose intolerance) can be associated with thyroid disease and other auto immune disorders. Patients with celiac disease, especially when not on gluten free diet can have lactase deficiency and therefore lactose intolernace. Some patients with treated celiac disease can have lactose intolernace due to lactase deficiency, jus like any other person. ...Read more

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What can people with lactose intolerance eat?

What can people with lactose intolerance eat?

Foods without lactos: Foods without lactose, which means milk, some cheeses, yogurt (regular). Lactose intolerance can also occur with foods which have significant milk or milk powder added. Milk whey is lactose free. All cheeses without carbs can be eaten. ...Read more

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Can being lactose intolerant cause anxiety?

Can being lactose intolerant cause anxiety?

Not that we know of: There are no known connections between lactose intolerance and anxiety. However, you should make sure that your symptoms are actually due to lactose intolerance and not related to "irritable bowel syndrome." ibs is an anxiety-related condition that causes abdominal symptoms. The symptoms never wake people up at night, which is a diagnostic clue. ...Read more

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Can lactose intolelrance cause constipation in a toddler?

Can lactose intolelrance cause constipation in a toddler?

No: Lactose intolerance would not be an expected cause of constipation. In fact, in people who are lactose intolerant, consumption of lactose containing foods has the risk of causing diarrhea or loose stools. ...Read more

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Can someone get lactose intolerance later in life?

Yes: A number of adults become lactose intolerant in their adult life not during their childhood. ...Read more

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Can gluten intolerance be hereditary?

Can gluten intolerance be hereditary?

Yes: The most common known way of having gluten intolerance is genetic predisposition. Over 90% of those with the disease can trace back to family members. Some have the gene but not the family member having it though an the new acquisition is of unsure origin. ...Read more

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Would a child develop lactose intolerance or are people born with it?

Both: A child is often transiently lactose intolerant if they have had a significant diarrhea & some may be able to digest lactose in early infancy loose the ability as they hit middle childhood.A few are born lactose intolerant, but far more develop it later in life. I find a lot of kids carry that label that are not really lactose intolerant. ...Read more

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Why does milk cause muscle cramps in lactose intolerance people?

Lactose intolerance: Lactose intolerance is caused by the lack (or low levels) of intestinal enzymes that break-down lactose, a sugar found in milk products. The cramping experienced comes from colon gas production due to bacteria metabolizing lactose and excess water pulled into the colon by unabsorbed lactose (resulting in diarrhea). ...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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Can infants have celiac disease or gluten intolerance?

Yes: Yes, but may not show symptoms for years. While milk fed, will not seee any symptoms until those foods are introduced. ...Read more

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Can kid 3y old cure from lactose intolerance disease and when?

Can kid 3y old cure from lactose intolerance disease and when?

Not Usually: if it truly is lactose intolerance, it is caused by an enzyme deficiency and it is very unlikely that your child will begin to make this enzyme again if they are not making it now. You can give lactase enzyme as a pill or chewable that will help to digest dairy. ...Read more

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Dr. Bhavin Patel
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Milk Intolerance (Definition)

Milk intolerance is digestive problems (bloating, gas, diarrhea) due to one or more components of milk. Lactose (sugar found in milk) intolerance is an example of milk intolerance. Milk intolerance can also be due to problems with fat and ...Read more


Dr. Bhavin Patel
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Lactose Intolerance (Definition)

A condition in which a person doesn't have the ability to fully digest milk sugar ...Read more