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Lactulose And Lactose Intolerance
Celiac disease, lactose intolerance, 61 year old woman and abdominal fat much. Lactulose not possible. Which are alternatives for lactulose for her?
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
The doctor prescribed me lactulose for constipation. She might have forgotten that I mentioned I was lactose intolerant. Should I still use lactulose?
For someone with mild milk intolerance, after drinking milk for years causing laxative effect, would it become habit-forming? What about lactulose?
You do not have the enzyme (lactase) to break down the lactose sugar in milk and thereby the bacteria in your gut have a field day fermenting the sugar and producing the gas and diarrhea. Try lactaid milk or take a couple of lactase tab before drinking milk.
Yogurt and cheese however have very little lactose in general. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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