3 Things To Know About Lactose Intolerance

In a world where it seems like just about everybody you know has some food allergy or intolerance, it can be hard to know what is an upset stomach versus what is a condition like lactose intolerance. Lactose intolerance is a condition that is caused by a person’s inability to fully digest lactose which is the natural sugar found in milk and milk products. If you get an upset stomach any time you have dairy products, you may be lactose intolerant. Let’s take a closer look at more information about this condition.

You May Lack Enzymes

You may not lack many things— thanks to your good genes and hard work. However, if you have lactose intolerance, it means that you lack the enzymes needed to properly digest milk sugars. Normally, when someone drinks a glass of milk or has a scoop of ice cream, the lactase in their body helps them break lactose into simpler sugars that the bloodstream then absorbs. People with lactose intolerance, however, have a lactase deficiency.

A Clinical Test Is The Way To Go

Even though your friend may claim that they know how to perform a DIY lactose intolerance test, the best way to get tested is to come into a clinic like Vanguard Gastroenterology to be fully tested and diagnosed. Then, from there, we can help create a treatment plan that’s right for you.

It’s Not A Milk Allergy

Often, people mistake lactose intolerance for a milk allergy. As previously explained, lactose intolerance isn’t caused by an allergy but rather by a lack of lactase. Symptoms of a milk allergy are usually more severe and can include things like rash, itchy eyes, and wheezing.

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If you or your loved one think you are lactose intolerant, schedule a consultation at one of our New York City offices today call us.