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Doctor insights on: Probiotics For Lactose Intolerant People

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Can probiotics be taken by someone who is lactose intolerant?

Can probiotics be taken by someone who is lactose intolerant?

Yes: Lactose intolerance means you don't have the enzymes to breakdown lactose- this means your intestinal bacteria will do it for you, resulting in gas, bloating and diarrhea. There is no contra-indication to consuming probiotics...just don't think it will actually allow you to consume lactose containing products. You will end up with the same symptoms of lactose intolerance. ...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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Is align probiotic supplements a good substitute for probiotic yogurt if you're lactose intolerant ?

Is align probiotic supplements a good substitute for probiotic yogurt if you're lactose intolerant ?

The Align: Probiotics are commonly recommended to restore/maintain healthy gut flora. I am not so sure this will help directly with lactose intolerance. ...Read more

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Hi dr I'd like to ask about kefir and probiotics and if is it allowed in dairy diet for lactose intolerance patient?

Hi dr
      I'd like to ask about kefir and probiotics and if is it allowed in dairy diet for lactose intolerance patient?

Probably: Probiotic usually contains no dairy. The amount of lactose is usually much lower in yogurt such as kefir but I have found that the more liquidy yogurt may not be tolerated by some lactose-intolerant people and thus you will have to find out yourself as to which brand or type of yogurt you can tolerate. Another approach would be taking lactase tab prior to consuming dairy. ...Read more

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Why do I get a stomach ache when i eat greek yogurt? Does that mean I have lactose intolerance? Can it be because of the live culture and probiotics

Why do I get a stomach ache when i eat greek yogurt? Does that mean I have lactose intolerance?  Can it be because of the live culture and probiotics

It's possible: Call your discuss to discuss this. Or eliminate all dairies &see what happens but remember that you will need something to substitute it so you get enough calcium. ...Read more

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How do I know if i'm lactose intolerant?

Simple test: Try avoiding all milk products for a week and then try the lactaid brand of milk/cheese/ice cream. If you don't have any problems with those then you are likely to be lactose intolerant. There is also a breath hydrogen test that some GI offices perform to more definitively diagnose the condition. ...Read more

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How do you know your lactose intolerant?

How do you know your lactose intolerant?

Trial and error: Lactose intolerance tends to give you bloating and gas after eating dairy. The best way to see if you're lactose intolerant is to cut Dairy out of your diet and see if the symptoms go away ...Read more

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How do I know if I'm lactose intolerant?

How do I know if I'm lactose intolerant?

If slight symptoms..: A person can drink lactose-free milk for 2 weeks (and also avoid lactose foods), and then "normal" milk for 2 weeks, and then lactose-free milk again for 2 weeks, and finally go back to "normal" milk. If a person has gas, bloating, with or without tummy aches when on "normal" milk, but not when on a lactose-free diet, then there is very likely lactose intolerance. There also is a lab test. ...Read more

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How do I know if I am lactose intolerant?

How do I know if I am lactose intolerant?

Tests: The gold standard for determining lactose intolerance, is the breath hydrogen measurment. This can be done as an outpatient. It involves drinking a known amount of lactose solution and measuring the amount of hydrogen given off in exhaled air over a few hours. ...Read more

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How can I tell if i'm lactose intolerant?

Lactose intolerance?: Lactose breath testing (objective) or a clinical response to lactase enzyme supplements &/or milk avoidance (subjective decline in the gassiness & diarrhea associated with ingesting lactose) may clarify your concern. Some (particularly children) with suspected lactose intolerance however are intolerance to other milk components. Bleeding, weight loss, significant tenderness is not lactose intol. ...Read more

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Lactose Intolerance (Definition)

Lactose is a type of sugar found in milk and other dairy products. Lactose intolerance develops when the small intestine does not make enough of an enzyme called lactase. The body needs this enzyme to digest lactose. This is not a milk allergy, but instead an intolerance with gastrointestinal symptoms of crampy abdominal pain, gassiness and diarrhea worse with increasing ...Read more


Probiotic (Definition)

Probiotics, by definition, are beneficial bacteria that live in our intestinal tract to help us maintain health intestines and colon. There are several species of these bacteria that are helpful to us including lactobacillus acidophilus. The meats we eat contain antibiotics that kill our natural bacteria that reside in our gut. Today, you will replace these ...Read more