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Being Lactose Intolerant: Is it Really a Challenge?

Lactose Intolerant

Being lactose intolerant can sometimes be awful and frightening. Yes, this is common syndrome experienced by millions of people around the world. But still, it is a condition felt by individuals that can be very disheartening. Lactose intolerant individuals experience all sorts of symptoms when particular foods with certain chemical substance are ingested.

If an individual is lactose intolerant, it means that he lacks a group of enzyme in his small intestine, liver or kidney that can process a substance known as lactose. Lactose is a complex form of sugar that is found in milk products. It needs to be broken down to simpler sugar for the blood to be able to absorb it. If not processed properly, this is when problems occur. Being lactose intolerant means experiencing nausea, gas, belching or diarrhea thirty minutes to two hours after milk products are eaten.

Lactose intolerance can be classified into two. It can either be congenital or acquired. Congenital lactose intolerance means that a person was born with this condition. It was already in his genes from the very beginning. His parents or his ancestors may have this as well. Acquired lactose intolerance happens when the enzyme mentioned above which is also called lactase is lost through an injury or sickness like having a celiac disease.

Individuals who are lactose intolerant may be missing out on a lot of delicious food. This is just not right. Everybody has the right to enjoy the food that he wishes to have. What can be the treatment for lactose intolerance? Unfortunately, this condition does not have a long term cure. Doctors say that the best remedy is to avoid eating milk and dairy products and this is not acceptable. Aside from the alternatives for milk products available in the market like tofu, yoghurt and soy milk there are supplements that contain lactase. These supplements are taken by those who are lactose intolerant before having whatever food he likes.

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