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Sign Of Being Lactose Intolerant
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
Not just lactose: Gluten intolerance is more common than we think and is often associated with other food intolerances. Lactose intolerance is just one possible way a person can react to milk products but often someone with gluten intolerance is also intolerant to the actual milk proteins, like whey or casein (and not just the milk sugar, lactose). There are some tests available that can help determine the problem. ...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
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Is there an average age range for people becoming at risk of being lactose, fructose & gluten intolerant?
Older: As people age then tend to loose their ability to tolerate certain sugars, but there are no specific age frames during which it may or may not occur. ...Read more
What are common symptoms of lactose intolerance and wheat intolerance/sensitivity (not celiac)? Can either of these problems start in adulthood?
Varies: Lactose intolerance causes abdominal pain, cramping and bloating; symptoms may begin at 1 hour, typically later. More common in adults than children. Most people can tolerate yogurt. Wheat intolerance is hotly debated, but symptoms may be similar and can resolve with avoidance. Wheat allergy can cause severe allergic reactions, also diarrhea, cramping and bloating usually begins in childhood. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are symptoms of lactose intolerance? Consumed cheese, yogurt, or milk, she complains of terrible stomach pains
Yes: That is a possibility- there are other possibilities as well. Was this a first time occurence or does it occur repeatedly with ingestion of milk and dairy products.? Try doing without milk and dairy for a week or two and see what happens. A specialist can do testing for lactose intolerance if you want to be sure. ...Read more
Yes: It affects the absorption of milk sugar lactose, milk sugar is not absorbed as a nutrient in people who are lactose intolerant. If the problem is severe, and leads to diarrhea, there may be malabsorption of other elements in the diet along with the diarrhea and fast transit of the food through the digestive tract. ...Read more
Diarrhea/ rash: If present from birth, this often produces a chronic diarrhea with acidic stools that leave baby with a scorch looking diaper rash focused about the anus. After a while yeast will often join & aggravate the rash.If the diarrhea clears after a week on lactose free formula, with a return after a return to lactose, your most likely lactose intolerant. ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes : Gluten sensitivity commonly causes diarrhea, bloating and gas but can also result in constipation. Before going gluten free get a blood test for celiac first because after restricting gluten you may feel better but the ability to diagnose celiac disease is impaired because the blood test becomes normal early after going gluten free. ...Read more
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