Ice cream. It’s summer right? Ice cream sounds like a great treat in this warm summer weather. But, wait? Dairy. As much as you want that ice cream, you know your stomach just really can’t handle it. You just so happen to be lactose intolerant and your body just doesn’t do well when you eat anything with dairy… including ice cream.
Lactose intolerant you say? What is that and what are the signs and symptoms of lactose intolerance?
Lactose intolerance means the body cannot easily digest lactose, a type of natural sugar found in milk and dairy products. This is not the same thing as a food allergy to milk.
When lactose moves through the large intestine without being properly digested, it can cause uncomfortable symptoms such as gas, belly pain, and bloating. Some people who have lactose intolerance cannot digest any milk products. Others can eat or drink small amounts of milk products or certain types of milk products without problems.
Lactose intolerance is common in adults. It occurs more often in Native Americans and people of Asian, African, and South American descent than among people of European descent. A big challenge for people who are lactose-intolerant is learning how to eat to avoid discomfort and to get enough calcium for healthy bones.
Signs and symptoms of lactose intolerance:
- Pain or cramps
- Gurgling or rumbling sounds in your belly
- Loose stools or diarrhea
- Throwing up
If you feel you may have a dairy or lactose intolerance, talk to your doctor. It’s more common than you think.
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