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Lactose Intolerance

Lactose Intolerance Causes

The cells that line your small intestine produce an enzyme called lactase. Lactase falls down lactose into two simple sugars glucose and galactose which can be absorbed into your bloodstream.

Lactose Intolerance Definition

Lactose intolerance, also called lactase deficiency, means you aren't able to fully digest the milk sugar (lactose) in dairy products. It is not usually dangerous, but symptoms of lactose intolerance can be uncomfortable enough to steer you clear of the dairy aisles.

Lactose Intolerance Diagnosis

Formal testing for lactose intolerance is valuable. Not only testing can confirm lactose intolerance and prompt the institution of a reduced or lactose-free diet, but it also can exclude lactose intolerance and direct attention to diagnosing other conditions and diseases that are responsible for the symptoms.

Lactose Intolerance Symptoms and Signs

Symptoms are usually mild but may sometimes be severe. The severity of symptoms does not correlate with the level of lactose malabsorption. Instead, symptoms relate to a range of factors, including ethnicity, age and how is the food digestion.

Lactose Intolerance Treatment

The most obvious means of treating lactose intolerance is by reducing the amount of lactose in the diet. Fortunately, a lot of people who are lactose intolerant can tolerate small or even moderate amounts of lactose. Caplets or tablets of lactase are able to take with milk-containing foods.

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