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Can someone get lactose intolerance later in life?

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

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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Lactose intolerance -- problem for life?

Lactose intolerance -- problem for life?

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

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Can someone get lactose intolerance later on in life?

Yes: Sometimes lactose intolerance can develop, especially after a GI viral illness or in older adults. Avoid lactose and see if it helps your symptoms. ...Read more

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So I am not very familiar with lactose intolerance. Is it something that you are born with or can it come along later in life?

So I am not very familiar with lactose intolerance. Is it something that you are born with or can it come along later in life?

Along later in life: Most but not all young kids (other than asian and african americans) can tolerate lactose then develop lactose intolerance later in life. ...Read more

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My sister son boy 3year old had lactose intolerance we cut all the milk product what is the treatment of this condition ??is long life problem

My sister son boy 3year old had lactose intolerance we cut all the milk product what is the treatment of this condition
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See below.: Eliminating lactose-containing food is the treatment. If he is better with that dietary change, stick with it for now. Your sister can discuss re-introducing dairy in the future with his pediatrician. Some children do "outgrow" this issue, but some certainly have it through their lives. ...Read more

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Do you develop lactose intolerance when you get older?

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

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Can you develop lactose intolerance? Or is it something your born with?

Can you develop lactose intolerance? Or is it something your born with?

Both: Lactose intolerance is thought to have three basic pathways: lack of the enzyme lactoase from birth ( the largest group); loss of the lactase enzyme over time ( a lesser number) & transient lactose intolerance due to localized bowel injury ( can occur in anyone often with bad diarrhea.). ...Read more

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Is lactose intolerance painful?

Is lactose intolerance painful?

It can be: Depending on the severity of your lactose intolerance and how much dairy products you consume without lactaid support, you may have periods of abdominal discomfort/ pain. ...Read more

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What causes lactose intolerance?

Intestinal enzyme: People with lactose intolerance lack an enzyme in the intestine that breaks down lactose. ...Read more

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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Milk Intolerance (Definition)

Milk intolerance (lactose intolerance), is a condition where a person's body does not produce enough of the enzyme lactase, which works to digest the milk sugars. Without this enzyme, the milk sugar goes undigested, which can cause ...Read more