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Lactose Intolerance

Information about Lactose Intolerance

We Have to Know about the Lactose Intolerance

  • This condition occurs when the body does not have enough of the intestinal enzyme lactase, which breaks down lactose in milk
  • Lactose intolerance usually is genetic (inherited)

Causes of Lactose Intolerance

  • Deficiency of Lactase
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Viral or bacterial gastroenteritis can destroy the lactase-producing cells that line the small bowel
  • A condition called bacterial overgrowth, in which the small bowel contains more bacteria than normal
  • Congenital lactase deficiency – Infants with this condition do not produce any lactase because of which the infants have diarrhea from birth

Do’s of Lactose Intolerance

  • Avoid ice cream and milk
  • Use lactose-free milk

Signs & Symptoms of Lactose Intolerance

  • Watery, bulky, odd-smelling stools
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Cramps
  • Bloating
  • Flatulence that begins about 30 minutes to 2 hours after eating or drinking foods or drinks containing lactose

Medical advice for Lactose Intolerance

  • See the doctor if you develop symptoms of lactose intolerance after eating dairy products

Risk factors of Lactose Intolerance

  • People with Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Treatment for Lactose Intolerance

  • When lactose intolerance is genetic, the condition is permanent. However, people can avoid symptoms by avoiding foods that contain lactose (essentially, dairy products) or by eating them in moderation

Self-care for Lactose Intolerance

  • People who are Lactose Intolerant are more susceptible to fractures and osteoporosis as they are not able to consume enough calcium
  • Therefore, they should consume other calcium-rich foods like cabbage, and also Vitamin D supplements

Investigations for Lactose Intolerance

  • It’s possible you have lactose intolerance if your symptoms improve dramatically when you avoid lactose.
Medical advice for Lactose Intolerance
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