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Doctor insights on: Lactose Intolerance Dietary Needs

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Is lactose intolerance heredity?

Is lactose intolerance heredity?

Lactose intolerance: Lactose intolerance is common--25% of caucasians, 80% of afro-americans, almost 100% asians. Lactose intolerance can be secondary to lactase enzyme deficiency, or due to a bigger problem of small bowel inflammation, infection, infiltrative disease, and/or maldigestion. Don't assume its lactose intolerance unless tested, or at least assessed response to lactase enzyme replacement (like lactaid). ...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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May ferriprive anaemia be linked to lactose intolerance?

May ferriprive anaemia be linked to lactose intolerance?

No: I don't know what ferriprive anemia is but presume that it is from low ferritin (iron). Lactose intolerance is specific to lactose and has no bearing on your anemia. ...Read more

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Is lactose free milk safe for acid reflux and lactose intolerance ?

Is lactose free milk safe for acid reflux and lactose intolerance ?

Yes: It is safe for both of those conditions. The milk sugar is already digested and gas and bloating should not be a problem. ...Read more

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I'm lactose intolerance and wondered if soymilk is lactose free?

I'm lactose intolerance and wondered if soymilk is lactose free?

Yes: Yes it is. You can also try coconut milk, rice milk, almond milk and don't forget that lactose free milk is also available. Enjoy! ...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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Lactose intolerance and ibs. Any solution?

Avoidance: Lactose intolerance is best managed by avoiding products that contain lactose. Ibs is more challenging. Try identifying your own personal triggers. It can be food or social stressors. ...Read more

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Is lactose intolerance a milk allergy?

Is lactose intolerance a milk allergy?

No: Lactose intolerance is a digestive problem with inability to break down complex milk sugars into simple sugars that are easy to absorb. Milk allergy is an ige mediated disease, usually manifest in children, with skin symptoms like hives and eczema, respiratory symptoms like asthma and rarely anaphylactic reactions. ...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

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Is casein strictly off limits if lactose intolerant?

No: Lactose is milk sugar. Lactose intolerance is when someone does not have enough lactase enzyme, the enzyme specific to digesting lactase. Lactose intolerance is very common. Caseine is milk protein. Lactase enzyme is not involved in digesting milk protein. Someone who is lactose intolerant can usually tolerate caseine if its in a lactose free food or if they take lactase (brand lactaid). ...Read more

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How can a person with lactose intolerance obtain dietary calcium?

Consider Tums (calcium carbonate): Each Tums (calcium carbonate) extra strength provides 600 mg calcium. Two a day will provide you calcium need if you have no other source of calcium. Consult a dietician. ...Read more

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How can a person with lactose intolerance obtain dietary calcium?

How can a person with lactose intolerance obtain dietary calcium?

Many available: Soy and almond milk are made without lactose, sharp cheddar cheese has lost most of its lactose as it is made. The OTC calcium tablets and such things as Tums, including the chewable wafer form can be used as a calcium source. ...Read more

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Wheat intolerence and gluten intolerence, is there a difference?

Wheat intolerence and gluten intolerence, is there a difference?

Wheat and Gluten: Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. You could possibly have a reaction to wheat, but not other gluten- containing grains. The exact meaning of "Intolerance" is not clear, so I can't be certain what you mean by that. ...Read more

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Can too much dairy in son's diet cause lactose intolerance?

Can too much dairy in son's diet cause lactose intolerance?

No, but....: Lactose tolerance is a lack of enzyme lactase in the GI tract. Drinking mill doesn't cause this, but by definition, if lactose intolerant, u should avoid drinking milk. ...Read more

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Fat malabsorption, which food should be avoided?

Fat malabsorption, which food should be avoided?

Fat malabsorption: It depends on the cause.You are given gluten free diet in celiac disease, lactose free diet in lactose intolerance. ...Read more

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Is threptin safe for lactose intolerent people?

Is threptin safe for lactose intolerent people?

Threptin is OK: Threptin is a protein supplement and I could not fine any literature indicating that is it not tolerated in lactose intolerant ...Read more

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Can lactose intolerance cause malabsorption in other vitamins, minerals and nutrients?

Usually not!: Diarrhea is not a common problem with lactose intolerance, but does occur. It is conceivable that micronutrients such as zinc may not be absorbed. This is rare. More commonly, bloating, gas, and cramping occur. Is would be very unusual to have malnutrition secondary to lactose intolerance. ...Read more

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How can a person with lactose intolerance obtain dietary calcium?

Many available: Soy and almond milk are made without lactose, sharp cheddar cheese has lost most of its lactose as it is made. The OTC calcium tablets and such things as Tums, including the chewable wafer form can be used as a calcium source. ...Read more

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How can a person with lactose intolerance obtain dietary calcium?

Consider Tums (calcium carbonate): Each Tums (calcium carbonate) extra strength provides 600 mg calcium. Two a day will provide you calcium need if you have no other source of calcium. Consult a dietician. ...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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Lactose intolerance, what to do?

Avoid dairy / get rx: Avoid dairy products that cause symptoms can consume lactose free dairy or use otc meds 2 help, if doesn't work c ur doctor or gastroenterologist, good luck. ...Read more

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Could i become lactose intolerance?

Could i become lactose intolerance?

Yes: Some people are born without or lose ability to make the enzyme needed to digest lactose, so they will always have intolerance. Some people lose this transiently during an illness like bad diarrhea. It returns with healing. It can happen again if the conditions return. ...Read more

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How to know if I am lactose intolerance?

Dairy Products: The principal symptom of lactose intolerance is an adverse reaction to products containing lactose (primarily milk), including abdominal bloating and cramps, flatulence, diarrhea, nausea, borborygmi (rumbling stomach) and vomiting. These appear thirty minutes to two hours after consumption. Lactaid can help with this if you do have it. Some people develop it after a course of antibiotics. ...Read more

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What are symptoms to lactose intolerance?

Gas, bloating cramps: Gas, bloating and cramps are most common. Diarrhea is much less common. ...Read more

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Might someone have lactose intolerance again?

Might someone have lactose intolerance again?

Lactose intolerance: Generally speaking, once you have it, it does not go away. Use lactaid tablets when you ingest dairy products. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms for lactose intolerance?

What are the symptoms for lactose intolerance?

GI symptoms: Common symptoms of lactose intolerance from a deficiency of lactase are: bloating stomach pain or cramps gurgling or rumbling sounds in your belly gassines loose stools or diarrhea throwing up they are not dangerous, but they sure are uncomfortable! ...Read more

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What are signs of lactose intolerance in an adult?

Lactose intol. & age: Lactose intolerance is due to not have a sufficient amount of the enzyme lactase to digest the complex sugar in milk, lactose to simple sugars than can be absorbed by the intestines. That deficiency can be congenital or acquired especially following a severe gastroenteritis. The symptoms are often bloating, abdominal pain, gas, diarrhea, and/or nausea and are unrelated to age. ...Read more

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How to know if I have developed lactose intolerance?

Simple vs Docs offic: If you drink a lot of milk or eat a bunch of ice cream and develop cramps, gas and have runny poop, you are likely lactose intolerant. You can also order a breath hydrogen test through your doctors office or online to confirm the problem. ...Read more

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How likely is it that I am developing lactose intolerance?

How likely is it that I am developing lactose intolerance?

Hard to say: To get the most from this site you need to provide background information on your issue and then ask a specific related question. Since you have provided no information at all about why you question the lactose issue, it is hard to speculate. It happens & is usually evident by late in childhood . You could start over & get a more specific response. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms, and reasons for lactose intolerance?

Lactose isn't absore: Fermentation of lactose in the small inestine from failure to absorb lactose. The enzyme is present in adequate amounts in all children who are breast fed, and when age appropriate given regular milk. Blacks are suceptible to this at an earlier age, and caucasions, who go for long periods without injecting milk or other lactose containing products. Gas, bloating, cramps, and diarrhea can occur! ...Read more

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I think I might be lactose intolerance but how could I tell ?

Lactose intolerance: lactose intolerance can be diagnosed by breath test at the lab. One easy way is to avoid lactose milk or taking lactase enzymes. ...Read more

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