am I lactose intolerant?

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Lactose intolerance is the impaired ability to digest lactose (milk sugar). Lactose is a sugar naturally found in milk and is sometimes referred to as “milk sugar.”

It is digested by an enzyme called “lactase”, which is found in the small intestines of most people. However, many people don’t produce enough lactase to adequately digest milk sugar. These individuals are ” intolerant” to milk sugar.

How Is Lactose Intolerance Treated?


1. Lactose Avoidance

The most effective treatment is to avoid foods and medications that contain lactose, primarily milk and milk products. However, some people who are lactose intolerant are also intolerant of other sugars, such as table sugar. So, besides avoiding lactose-containing foods, you may also need to avoid foods containing other sugars and certain carbohydrates. 


People have differing levels of the lactase enzyme, and there are differing levels of lactose in dairy products -so it’s possible that you can consume some dairy. Milk, ice cream and yogurt contain quite a bit of lactose. 


However, fermented dairy products that contain lactose – such as yogurt and kefir – are more easily digested. In addition, lactose-reduced milk is available in some supermarkets. 



2. Lactase Enzyme Supplementation

You can take lactase enzyme supplements to prevent symptoms when consuming lactose-containing dairy products. Lactase drops may be added to regular milk 24 hours before drinking to reduce lactose levels. Lactase drops, capsules, and tablets may also be taken orally immediately before a meal that has lactose-containing dairy products. Lactaid and lactaid liquid is one of the popular lactase products.


The degree of lactose intolerance varies by individual, so a greater or lesser amount of oral lactase may be needed to eliminate symptoms of lactose intolerance.

3. Calcium Supplementation

Dairy products are a plentiful source of calcium. If you can’t consume diary products, some physicians recommend that you take supplemental calcium. 


A typical amount of supplemental calcium would be 1,000 mg per day.


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Lactose intolerance is a deficiency in the enzyme lactase. Lactase is the enzyme that digests the milk sugar lactose.

People with a lactose intolerance typically experience an upset stomach, bloating, gas, and loose stools. These are also common symptoms of a dairy allergy.

Many patients complain of a lactose intolerance. They usually say that taking Lactaid or a digestive product designed for lactose intolerance will resolve their digestive problems. However, they obviously didn’t schedule an appointment just to tell me this and they are usually experiencing one of the other symptoms associated with a dairy allergy.

Not surprisingly, the lactose intolerance usually turns out to be a dairy allergy, which is an actual immune response to dairy. The dairy allergy has apparently damaged the digestive tract to the extent that it has caused a deficiency in the enzyme lactase, which is produced by the cells lining the digestive tract.

Many people mistakenly believe that they can continue to eat dairy products as long as they take a digestive aid, or they avoid milk but still eat cheese, etc.

Unfortunately, most continue to suffer from their milk allergy even though their digestive symptoms have diminished. If you have a lactose intolerance or think you may, then you should be tested for a dairy allergy via an ELISA blood test.

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Lactose intolerance is a deficiency in the enzyme lactase. Lactase is the enzyme that digests the milk sugar lactose. People with a lactose intolerance typically experience an upset stomach, bloating, gas, and loose stools. These are also common symptoms of a dairy allergy.

Many patients complain of a lactose intolerance. They usually say that taking Lactaid or a digestive product designed for lactose intolerance will resolve their digestive problems. However, they obviously didn’t schedule an appointment just to tell me this and they are usually experiencing one of the other symptoms associated with a dairy allergy.

Not surprisingly, the lactose intolerance usually turns out to be a dairy allergy, which is an actual immune response to dairy. The dairy allergy has apparently damaged the digestive tract to the extent that it has caused a deficiency in the enzyme lactase, which is produced by the cells lining the digestive tract. Many people mistakenly believe that they can continue to eat dairy products as long as they take a digestive aid, or they avoid milk but still eat cheese, etc.

Unfortunately, most continue to suffer from their milk allergy even though their digestive symptoms have diminished.

If you have a lactose intolerance and experience any of the symptoms listed on page one then you should be tested for a dairy allergy via an ELISA blood test.


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Quick Facts:
Lactose intolerance is defined by a person having a deficiency in the enzyme lactase.
Lactase is needed in order to digest the sugar component in milk called lactose.

Many people are lactose intolerant, but millions more have an immune reaction to dairy. Unfortunately, most people don’t recognize that there is a difference between the two issues. These people usually do not figure out that dairy is causing their symptoms because they never actually eliminate dairy from their diet, only lactose. Avoiding lactose only partially helps their condition and often doesn’t help at all. What they don’t realize is that even though they are avoiding lactose, they are not avoiding dairy.

The most blatant example is lactose free milk. Lactose free milk is still a major dairy product. If you are drinking lactose free milk you haven’t even begun to eliminate dairy from diet, only lactose. Dairy is used in many products that are considered to be lactose free. Whey protein powder is essentially dried milk, without the lactose. Whey is not only sold as a protein powder, it is also used as an ingredient in hundreds of different food products from bread to soup to candy.

If you have an immune reaction to milk, then you have a dairy allergy. Any form of dairy in any food product is then a trigger for you. This includes all milk, cheese, whey, casein, cream, half and half, and even butter.
Symptoms can range from virtually any digestive problem to eczema, headaches, fatigue, joint pain, and even chronic sinusitis. In fact there are hundreds of symptoms that can result from a dairy allergy. (For more visit the Center for Food Allergies.)

Many, many infants react to dairy, which is typically the first food introduced to an infant in the form of infant formula. Dairy can cause reflux, vomiting, colic, poor development, and inability to sleep.
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