In this Blog I would like to give information regarding "LACTOSE INTOLERANCE" also called as lactase deficiency.
Lactose is a sugar present in milk and lactase is the enzyme which helps in digestion of lactose which is known to all.
But in some individuals and infants the enzyme lactase is absent and lactose cannot be digested which causes many problems.
Reasons for Lactose Intolerace:
* Bowel Surgery
* Damage to the cells of small intestine (viral or bacterial infection)
* Diseases like celiac spure.
Bloating, abdominal cramps, flatulence, diarrhea
* Lactose intolerance blood test: Lactose gets converted to glucose after taken by the body. So glucose levels are measured in this test.
* Hydrogen breath test: We have to breathe into a balloon type container and the breath is measured. Very little hydrogen must be present in breath but in case of Lactose intolerance breath hydrogen levels increase.
Usually most of the substances contain lactose milk, milk products, tablets even have lactose which is used as filler.
Lactase supplements: Pills are available which contain lactase and they can be administered before intake of lactose containing food.
Lactobacillus Acidophillus Supplements: This is a probiotic Bacteria which produces lactase enzyme. (2)