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Lactose Intolerant

By August 4, 2011 - 6:12am
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I was just wondering if you can develop lactose intolerant condition. I had never suffered from this conditio until last year. Suddenly everytime i consumed dairy product i started to have stomachache and unstoppable gas. I didn't feel the urge to go to the bathroom all the time, just occassionally, depending on how much dairy product i took.
This condition continues until now. My older sister is lactose intolerant, but i don't think that this condition is genetic right? or is it?

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Thanks, i guess I'll just go to my doctor then :)

August 4, 2011 - 10:10pm

Hi Aby Wu,

Thanks for your question!

Some people are born with the inability to make the enzyme lactase. Others develop the intolerance over time. So, yes you could have developed this recently.

Symptoms of lactose intolerance generally begin within two hours of consuming milk or other dairy products. The severity of symptoms depends on how much lactase your body produces and how much lactose you eat.

Symptoms include:

Abdominal rumbling sounds
Loose stools
The doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history and perform a physical exam. Often he or she will recommend a two-week trial period of eating no milk or milk products. If symptoms subside, you will be asked to consume milk products again. If milk causes symptoms to recur, you will be diagnosed with lactose intolerance.

Your doctor may also order some tests, including:

Lactose tolerance test—measures the amount of glucose (simple sugar that is created from lactose) absorbed two hours after drinking a high-lactose liquid, indicating how well the body is digesting lactose

Hydrogen breath test—measures how much hydrogen is exhaled after drinking a high-lactose liquid

Stool acidity test—measures lactic acid in the stool for infants and small children

Biopsy of the small intestine—only performed in rare cases, this involves removing and testing a sample of tissue to confirm lactase deficiency

For more information, please visit: http://www.empowher.com/media/reference/lactose-intolerance

Best wishes,


August 4, 2011 - 7:17am
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