Lactose Intoler-WHAT? Not So Fast, Experts Say

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People afflicted by lactose intolerance are pushed to do without some of the more decadent eats in life, while also doing without other dairy products that offer a plethora of nutrients.

At a recent conference set up by the National Institutes of Health, though, a panel of experts believed these sacrifices aren’t even necessary– and might actually be putting people’s health in danger. The Consensus Development Conference on Lactose Intolerance and Health attempts to examine the most recent research regarding lactose intolerance and how the dietary condition might affect other health outcomes, as well as superior ways to manage it.

First, the panel realized that it’s tough to estimate the amount of people truly battling lactose intolerance, which is characterized by gas, bloating, diarrhea, and abdominal pain after eating dairy products, because there aren’t enough representative studies and sufficient diagnostic tests. They also admit that many people who don’t have enough lactase, which is a necessary enzyme for adequate digestion of lactose in dairy products, don’t show symptoms of lactose intolerance, while others who diagnose themselves lactose intolerant frequently have proper levels of lactase and wouldn’t be clinically considered as intolerant.

The issue with patients and physicians depending on self-diagnosed lactose intolerance, though, is that many people try to stay away from dairy when they shouldn’t, placing themselves at greater risk for both osteoporosis and vitamin D deficiency, which also increasing their risk of prostate, colon, breast, and even esophageal cancers. What’s more, some of the newer research indicates that calcium from dairy products could decrease blood pressure and colon polyps– in turn potentially lowering colon cancer rates.

In fact, avoiding dairy products isn’t even the best move for many lactose-intolerant individuals, the panel indicated. In short, they concluded that a person with lactose intolerance could deal with as much as 50 grams of lactose (what you have in a quart of milk) each day before showing symptoms.

 

 

 

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