When lactose is too hard to digest When lactose is too hard to digest

When lactose is too hard to digest

Self-Care 4 March, 2018 Maria Clara Restrepo E.


Being “lactose intolerant” means that you cannot absorb the foods that contain this type of sugar, found in milk and other dairy products.

This condition occurs when the small intestine does not produce enough of the enzyme called lactase. This can cause bloating, cramping, diarrhea, gas (flatulence) and nausea.

The symptoms of this pathology often occur 30 minutes to 2 hours after consuming dairy products and can worsen when they are ingested in large quantities. Other digestive problems can cause the same symptoms, however, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

To treat this condition, the U.S. National Library of Medicine suggests reducing the consumption of dairy products that contain this type of sugar. It is equally importance to learn how to read nutrition labels in order to prevent the accidental consumption of unsuspecting foods that contain it. If symptoms get worse or new ones arise, see your doctor to receive recommendations about the diet that is best for you.

Also read: What you need to know about dairy products