How Do I Know If I Am Lactose Intolerant?

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Have you ever felt stomach discomfort after consuming foods like milk, ice cream, cream, butter, or cheese? If the answer is yes, you may have some level of lactose intolerance.

Those who are lactose intolerant have a harder time digesting and absorbing the sugars in dairy products, which we know as lactose. This is usually caused by a deficiency of an enzyme known as lactase, which is found in the small intestine and helps digest lactose.

If you have low levels of lactase in your intestine, you may present certain symptoms after consuming dairy products. Generally, these symptoms are not serious, but they can be uncomfortable.

People who are lactose intolerant may experience one or more of the following symptoms between 30 minutes to 3 hours after consuming dairy products:

  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Stomach cramps
  • Feeling full or bloated
  • Gas

If you experience these symptoms frequently after consuming dairy products, you should talk with your health care professional. There are medical and nutritional options to help you feel better while enjoying a healthy diet.

At Salus, we have doctors and nutritionists ready to assist you. Make your appointment today by calling 787.789.1996.


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