All you need to know about lactose intolerance

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What is Lactorse Intolerance?

Lactose intolerance is the inability to break down a type of natural sugar called lactose. Lactose is commonly found in dairy products, such as milk and yogurt.

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Why lactose intolerance?

You become lactose intolerant when your small intestine stops making enough of the enzyme lactase to digest and break down the lactose. When this happens, the undigested lactose moves into the large intestine.

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Types of lactose intolerance?

There are three main types of lactose intolerance, each with different causes: Primary, secondary and congenital lactose intolerance.

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Development

a type of lactose intolerance called developmental lactose intolerance occurs when a baby is born prematurely. This is because lactase production in the baby begins later in the pregnancy, after at least 34 weeks.

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Symptoms

The symptoms of lactose intolerance typically occur between 30 minutes and two hours after eating or drinking a milk or dairy product. Symptoms may include: abdominal cramps, bloating, gas, diarrhea, nausea.

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Cure

There’s currently no way to make your body produce more lactose. Treatment for lactose intolerance involves decreasing or completely removing milk products from the diet.

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