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Can You Die From Lactose Intolerance
Rarely: Chronic constipation (obstipation) can cause dilation of bowel, rarely can cause an ulcer in bowel, rarely can cause perforation, which could lead to death. Some conditions that cause severe constipation might be severe enough (if untreated) to cause death. ...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
Yes: This is a very good question. It's fairly common for lactose intolerance that's genetically programmed to be unmasked after a bowel infection, and even if you're not going to be lactose-intolerant long-term, it can take a while for the disaccharidase molecules to be restored on the cells of the small intestine. ...Read more
Yes: Rotavirus group a is the leading cause of viral gastroenteritis worldwide. It causes a dehydrating diarrhea in infants and young children. More than a half-million infants and young children worldwide die of rotavirus gastroenteritis each year (parashar et al, 2009). Fatalities from viral gastroenteritis are more likely to occur in those at the extremes of age or the immunocompromised. ...Read more
Being lactose intolerant, can you get diarrhea 24 hours after ingesting dairy (cheese)? Or could it be dehydration resulting from high temperatures?
Antibodies: People with a milk allergy develop antibodies to proteins in milk; every time they are exposed to those proteins (whether it's a little or a lot), they have a reaction. People with lactose intolerance are missing an enzyme that allows them to break down lactose; without the enzyme, the sugar in milk passes through their digestive tract unchanged causing symptoms. A little milk is often tolerated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can drinking milk when you have lactose intolerance cause any damage other than gas and diarrhea?
Can lactic acid build up from workouts produce symptoms of lactose intolerance in people who are lactose intolerant?
It is rare: Diverticulitis has various potential complications which ranges from minor infection which responds well to oral antibiotics, to severe infection and peritonitis caused by spillage of stool from colon into the abdominal cavity. In severe cases it usually needs surgery and in these cases patient may end up having a colostomy. These days it is so rare to die from diverticulitis. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Possibly: Lactose intolerance can be genetic and recognized in infancy or acquired in later life. Gluten intolerance also has a genetic component but can also be acquired, it is seldom recognized until later. A person could have the tendency for both, or gluten induced gut changes may produce a lactose intolerance that might improve on a gluten free diet. ...Read more
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