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Am I Lactose Intolerant?

What Does it Mean to Be Lactose Intolerant?

Lactose is the sugar that’s found in milk and most other dairy products. For you to be able to digest that sugar properly, your body makes an enzyme called lactase. When you're lactose intolerant, your body doesn’t manufacture enough lactase to digest lactose well.

Lactose Intolerance Symptoms

Lactose intolerance can result in gas, bloating, cramps, and diarrhea. You may also experience stomach rumbling, nausea, or vomiting. Some people who are lactose intolerant feel these symptoms right away, but it can take up to two hours to start to experience. When lactose intolerant symptoms interfere with your daily life, it’s best to see your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. Simply avoiding products that contain lactose can negatively impact your health, as you can develop deficiencies in calcium and other needed nutrients.

Lactose Intolerance Testing

Managing Lactose Intolerance

While you can’t change how your body reacts to lactose, you can manage your diet to cut down or eliminate painful and uncomfortable symptoms without compromising the nutrition your body needs to stay healthy. Consult with your doctor or a registered dietitian who can help you plan a healthy diet that keeps you feeling good.

Find Out More About Lactose Intolerance

The physicians and dieticians at Gotham Gastroenterology offer comprehensive and highly specialized care for anyone suffering from lactose intolerance. Contact us for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of lactose intolerance symptoms today. 

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