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By Hunterdon Digestive Health Specialists
July 10, 2018
Category: Gastroenterology

Lactose IntolerantLactose intolerance can affect anyone and is a common issue. Many people do not realize that they are lactose intolerant and often blame their symptoms on other things. However, understanding this condition and its symptoms can help you determine if you suffer from lactose intolerance. Find out more about lactose intolerance with Dr. Anubha Sinha at Hunterdon Digestive Health Specialists with locations in Flemington and Hillsborough, NJ.

What is lactose intolerance? 
People with lactose intolerance cannot digest the lactose, or sugar, found in milk. Lactase is an enzyme found in the body which helps break down lactose. Lactose intolerant people often have a deficiency of lactase. Many people have low lactase levels and their bodies can process dairy just fine. However, others may notice uncomfortable symptoms after consuming dairy products, making them lactose intolerant.

Am I lactose intolerant? 
Symptoms of lactose intolerance often begin anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours after consuming dairy. Some of the most common signs and symptoms of lactose intolerance include:

  • bloating
  • nausea or, in some cases, vomiting
  • gas
  • diarrhea
  • cramping

If you experience the symptoms of lactose intolerance, you should consult with your doctor to ensure that you receive the proper diagnosis and care for your condition.

Lactose Intolerance Treatments in Flemington, NJ and Hillsborough, NJ
There are several tests your doctor can perform to determine if you suffer from lactose intolerance. They may include a blood test, breath test, or stool test depending on the circumstances. You cannot increase your body’s production of lactase, but you can control the effects it has by avoiding dairy products. You can avoid lactose altogether, eat dairy-free dairy products, or even regular dairy after it has been mixed with a substance to break down the lactose before it enters your system. Some people may be able to have small servings of dairy with no reactions. If you think you have lactose intolerance, you should consult with your digestive health specialist to ensure that you find the best treatment or lifestyle changes for you.

For more information on lactose intolerance, please contact Dr. Anubha Sinha at Hunterdon Digestive Health Specialists with locations in Flemington and Hillsborough, NJ. Call (908) 788-8200 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Sinha at either location today!