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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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Milk seems to give me digestive problems. How do I know if this is lactose intolerance?

Milk seems to give me digestive problems. How do I know if this is lactose intolerance?

Lactose intolerance: Cow's and breast milk both contain lactose as the predominant sugar. Try withholding milk and dairy for 2 to 4 weeks and watch your symptoms disappear if you suffer from lactose intolerance. Milk allergy can be ruled out by either a skin test or rast blood test. ...Read more

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If I am lactose intolerant, when I eat dairy products am I still absorbing the nutrients? Is gas and discomfort the only real side effects?

If I am lactose intolerant, when I eat dairy products am I still absorbing the nutrients? Is gas and discomfort the only real side effects?

Nutrients elsewhere: If you are uncomfortable after eating dairy, it is a signal that your body may need a different source for those nutrients. Many vegetables can give you the calcium. There are many other sources of protein such as meat, eggs, nuts, soy. ...Read more

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I want to start taking protein supplement. Which one is has good protein & least side effects? I'm lactose intolerant.

I want to start taking protein supplement. Which one is has good protein & least side effects? I'm lactose intolerant.

Whey protein powder: Contains very little lactose and so many lactose intolerant folks can use it w/out issue. If you can't, there are lactose free whey protein powders on the market. Make sure it is from free range cattle rather than cows penned up and fed hormones and antibiotics. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What happens when a lactose intolerant person has lactose a lot without lactaid digestive enzymes?

Gas, cramps, diarrhea: Lactose will case gas, produced by some bacterial action on the sugar, cramping, and loose stools. The un-absorbed lactose acts as an osmotic agent and pulls water into the stool. It also produces a somewhat acidic stool that will produce a chemical burn on exiting the body. ...Read more

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Could lactose intolerance be the problem for a pain in my left side under my ribs?

Could lactose intolerance be the problem for a pain in my left side under my ribs?

Hard to tell: The gas could cause your pain, however, see your doctor and get evaluated for other causes. If it is caused by lactose intolerance, your symptoms should resolve on a strict lactose free diet. ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to feel effects of lactose intolerance?

Usually within hr: If you have lactose intol usually will notice the effects within an hr of consumption of dairy. The severity of the symptoms and their duration will vary. Depends on how severe the dz is in the pt, the amount of dairy consumed etc. ...Read more

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What are effects of lactose intolerance?

What are effects of lactose intolerance?

The basics: Lactose intolerance is basically a transient or permanent loss of the ability to digest/absorb lactose sugar. The membrane in your gut lacks an enzyme needed, so if you consume lactose, it passes through without absorption allowing gut bacteria to feed on it & produce gas and acid. This makes you gassy & cramp. Avoid ingesting lactose and you avoid symptoms. ...Read more

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Do a lot of people get lactose intolerance?

Common: Lactose intolerance is seen in most parts of the world (asia, africa, latin america) and here especially as we age. Lactose intolerance can be mild or severe with the best results coming from the avoidance of dairy products. You can use lactaid pills if is mild but they do not work if it is severe. ...Read more

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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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How do you get tested for lactose intolerance?

Breath Test: There is a breath hydrogen test. You drink a sample of lactose containing liquid and breathe every 15 -30 minutes into a bag. The samples are run on a machine and based on a rise in hydrogen produced from bacteria in your colon you are diagnosed as lactose intolerant. ...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 you be tested for lactose intolerance to yogurt?

Can you be tested for lactose intolerance to yogurt?

You can do it @home: Just eat a small amount and see if you get symptoms. If you do try lactaid products. ...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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What could cause a sudden onset of lactose intolerance?

Lactose Intolerance: Lactose intolerance is due to the loss of the lactase enzyme responsible for breaking down lactose in dairy. Lactose is the primary sugar in dairy. It is very common for people to eventually become lactose intolerant. ...Read more

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Can lactose intolerance disappear on its own over time?

No: Once you have it, you are stuck with it, use lactaid tablets with dairy products from now on. ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of lactose intolerance?

What are the most common symptoms of lactose intolerance?

GI problems: Lactose intolerance is the inability to digest lactose due to a deficiency in the enzyme lactase. Common symptoms of this condition include abdominal bloating, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, gas, and nausea. These symptoms tend to occur soon after the ingestion of milk products. Infants or children with lactose intolerance may have slow growth or weight loss. ...Read more

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What do you suggest to be tested for lactose intolerance?

What do you suggest to be tested for lactose intolerance?

Avoid and monitor: A doctor can usually tell if you have lactose intolerance by asking questions about your symptoms. An elimination of dairy products for a short time to see if your symptoms improve suggests lactose intolerance. Sometimes a hydrogen breath test or a blood sugar test is used to confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Is it possible to develop lactose intolerance when a child is 6?

Is it possible to develop lactose intolerance when a child is 6?

Yes: Most of the world's population develop low intestinal lactase levels beginning around age 5. This is most frequently found in those of Asian or african descent. Caucasians, especially those from northern europe, tend to maintain elevated lactase levels into adulthood. ...Read more

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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


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Lactose Intolerance (Definition)

The inability to fully digest sugar ...Read more