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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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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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Why is gluten intolerence called celiac disease?

Why is gluten intolerence called celiac disease?

Because it causes: Celiac disease is autoimmune disorder of small intestines that occurs in genetically predisposed individuals of all ages.It is caused by a reaction to gluten a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. That's why it is called gluten intolerance.Once the source of gluten, that is diet free from wheat, rye and barley is introduced the symptoms get better. ...Read more

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Symptoms of newborn lactose intolerance?

Symptoms of newborn lactose intolerance?

Not in newborn: Lactase which digests lactose or milk sugar essentially always present in newborns and levels only decrease in toddlers at age children would usually be weaned. It is lack of lactase that causes lactose intolerance. About 2-3% of infants are milk allergic so this is a more likely cause of reactions to cow milk. Switch to soy based formula and consult an allergist. ...Read more

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Can celiac disease be mistaken for lactose intolerance?

Can celiac disease be mistaken for lactose intolerance?

Lactose: In milder cases the symptoms are similar but one is agravated by milk products and the other is not. ...Read more

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How are gluten intolerance and celiac disease diagnosed?

How are gluten intolerance and celiac disease diagnosed?

Celiac: Typically people get blood work for specific celiac antibodies but there is a lot of debate on how accurate a negative result is. Most accurate is an endoscopy with biopsy looking specifically for the celiac antibodies or pathology. ...Read more

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What causes lactose intolerance?

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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Constipation, celiac disease?

Constipation, celiac disease?

Constipation celiac: Celiac disease may have no GI symptoms, and may present with fatigue and anemia, bur classical symptoms are pale loose and greasy stools and weight loss, abdominal pain and cramps and distension, ulcers in the mouth.It can lead to lactose intolerance and may give symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome like constipation alternating with diarrhea, but it is not that common presentation. ...Read more

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How is celiac disease gluten sensitivity inherited?

How is celiac disease gluten sensitivity inherited?

Genetics celiac: This is a complex answer best answered by an expert. Go to http://www.Celiac.Com/articles/1046/1/understanding-the-genetics-of-gluten-sensitivity-by-dr-scot-lewey/page1.Html. ...Read more

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Does celiac disease or gluten intolerance relate with nausea?

Does celiac disease or gluten intolerance relate with nausea?

Possibly: Celiac and gluten intolerance can present with nausea. Do you have other symptoms such as weight loss, bloating, or diarrhea? If so I would go in for an evaluation by your doctor. ...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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How are gluten intolerance and celiac disease different?

How are gluten intolerance and celiac disease different?

Celiac is an allergy: Celiac disease is gluten allergy, a strong allergic reaction to gluten (a protein in grains such as wheat, barley, malted barley, rye, spelt, etc...). Gluten intolerance is not an allergic reaction, but an intolerance of gluten that leads to tummy symptoms such as gassiness, bloating, loose stools, etc... Gluten intolerance does not cause damage to the intestinal lining like celiac disease does. ...Read more

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How common is celiac disease (gluten sensitivity)?

How common is celiac disease (gluten sensitivity)?

1 in 3,000: But still more people are allergic to wheat, which is a different problem with a similar treatment: avoid it! fyi the only other grains with they type of gluten to avoid in celiac sprue are rye and barley. ...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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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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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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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

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Sufferring from inflammatory bowel disease, doctors diagnosed as maybe ibs, celiac chrons disease. A lot of food allergies. gluten, dairy intolerance?

Sufferring from inflammatory bowel disease, doctors diagnosed as maybe ibs, celiac chrons disease. A lot of food allergies. gluten, dairy intolerance?

Colon problems: Since the illnesses you mentioned in your question are all different, it sounds as though your problem really hasn't been diagnosed yet at all. If you are still having problems, be sure to see a gastroenterologist. If you have already seen one and still can't sort this out, get a second opinion from another gastroenterologist. These diseases are not mysteries! Keep going until you feel better. ...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


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Lactose Intolerance (Definition)

The inability to fully digest sugar ...Read more