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Lactose Intolerance and Milk Allergy

A better understanding of the difference between lactose intolerance and milk allergies leads to a better understanding of how to manage these two distinct conditions.

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  • Lactose Intolerance: Definition and Diagnosis

    Lactose intolerance is a condition that can affect some individuals who have a deficiency in the enzyme lactase resulting in an inability to digest lactose properly. To diagnose lactose intolerance, an objective test such as the hydrogen breath test is needed.

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  • Prevalence of Lactose Intolerance

    The true prevalence of lactose intolerance is unknown. The symptoms of lactose intolerance are highly subjective and may or may not occur among individuals with lactose malabsorption.

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  • Gut Microbiota and Milk Products: Implications for Health

    Emerging scientific evidence has demonstrated a link between human gut microbiota (gut bacteria) and a number of health conditions including obesity, cardiovascular disease and others. Diet appears to play an important role.

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  • Milk Allergies

    Milk allergies are rare in adults and should not be confused with lactose intolerance. Milk allergies involve immunological reactions, while lactose intolerance involves digestive factors. Milk allergies and lactose intolerance are therefore not similar conditions and should be treated...

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