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lactose intolerance
 
Lactose intolerance, also called lactase deficiency, means that a person is not able to fully digest the milk sugar (lactose) in dairy products. Symptoms of lactose intolerance can be so uncomfortable that treatment is sought and dietary changes are made.
 
Symptoms

Symptoms may include:

 

 
Causes

The cells that line the small intestine produce an enzyme called lactase. Lactase breaks down lactose into two simple sugars, glucose and galactose, which can be absorbed into the bloodstream. Without lactase, the unprocessed lactose moves to the colon causing gas, bloating and diarrhea.

 
Treatments

Treatment may include:

 

  • modifying the diet to eliminate or reduce lactose

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