Introduction: Lactose Intolerance


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Lactose Intolerance: Lactose intolerance is a difficulty properly digesting lactose (milk sugar) and the various dairy products that contain lactose. It is very common with an estimated 30-50 million Americans affected, especially African Americans, Native Americans, and Mexican Americans. Lactose intolerance causes various digestive symptoms, usually after meals, including cramps, bloating, gas, and diarrhea.

Lactose Intolerance: Lactose intolerance is the inability to digest significant amounts of lactose, the predominant sugar of milk. This inability results from a shortage of the enzyme lactase, which is normally produced by the cells that line the small intestine. 1

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1. excerpt from Lactose Intolerance: NIDDK

Last revision: May 30, 2003

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