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Lactose Intolerance

Health    Lactose Intolerance
Also called: Dairy product intolerance, Lactase deficiency, Milk intolerance
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Are you suffering from Lactose Intolerance?

Lactose intolerance means that you cannot digest foods with lactose in them. Lactose is the sugar found in milk and foods made with milk. After eating foods with lactose in them, you may feel sick to your stomach. You may also have

  • Gas
  • Diarrhea
  • Swelling in your stomach

Your doctor may do a blood, breath or stool test to find out if your problems are due to lactose intolerance.

Lactose intolerance is not serious. Eating less food with lactose, or using pills or drops to help you digest lactose usually helps. You may need to take a calcium supplement if you don't get enough of it from your diet, since milk and foods made with milk are the most common source of calcium for most people.

NIH: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

Symptoms of Lactose Intolerance

The following features are indicative of Lactose Intolerance:
  • diarrhea
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • abdominal cramps
  • bloating
  • gas

Common Causes of Lactose Intolerance

The following are the most common causes of Lactose Intolerance:
  • small intestine not producing enough lactase enzyme

Risk Factors for Lactose Intolerance

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Lactose Intolerance:
  • increasing age
  • ethnicity
  • premature birth
  • diseases affecting the small intestine
  • certain cancer treatments

Prevention of Lactose Intolerance

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Lactose Intolerance. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • drink fat-free or low-fat milk
  • choose reduced-lactose milk products and milk
  • consume dairy products other than milk

Occurrence of Lactose Intolerance

Degree of Occurrence

The following are the number of Lactose Intolerance cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Very common > 10 Million cases

Common Age Group

Lactose Intolerance can occur at any age.

Common Gender

Lactose Intolerance can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Lactose Intolerance

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Lactose Intolerance:
  • Hydrogen breath test: To measure the hydrogen level in the breath at set time intervals after drinking a lactose beverage
  • Lactose intolerance test: To measure the amount of glucose in the blood after drinking a lactose beverage
  • Stool acidity test: To check certain acids in the stool

Doctor for Diagnosis of Lactose Intolerance

Patients should visit the following specialists if they have symptoms of Lactose Intolerance:
  • Gastroenterologist

Complications of Lactose Intolerance if Untreated

Yes, Lactose Intolerance causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Lactose Intolerance is left untreated:
  • osteoporosis

Procedures for Treatment of Lactose Intolerance

The following procedures are used to treat Lactose Intolerance:
  • no known procedures

Self-care for Lactose Intolerance

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Lactose Intolerance:
  • Eat good nutritious food
  • Limit dairy products intake

Alternative Medicine for Treatment of Lactose Intolerance

The following alternate medicine and therapies are known to help in the treatment or management of Lactose Intolerance:
  • Intake probiotics supplement: Help to maintain a healthy digestive system

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This page was last updated on 9/27/2018.
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