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Lactose Intolerance: Cause & Consequences

Discuss the causes and possible nutritional consequences of lactose intolerance. How common is this condition? What ethnicities are most likely to be affected? What nutrient recommendations would you give to someone who can tolerate some dairy? What would you say to someone who cannot tolerate any dairy at all?

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Primary lactose intolerance is when a person has trouble digesting milk. This condition occurs due to the lack of an enzyme (lactase) that digests milk sugar lactose). It is typically genetic and develops over time, typically beginning after age two when the body begins to produce less lactase (http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/lactoseintolerance/). Typically symptoms are first experienced in late adolescence or adulthood. Secondary lactase deficiency is the result of injury to the small intestine, most often occurring in infancy, due to ...

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This solution discuss the causes and possible nutritional consequences of lactose intolerance. It discusses the extent of the problem, the ethnicities most likely affected, nutrient recommendations to lactose intolerant people, and recommendations for those who can tolerate some dairy. It includes links and examples.

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