Lactose Intolerance (cont.)
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Lactose Intolerance Treatment
The most effective way to treat the symptoms of lactose intolerance is to modify the diet. Lactase supplements are also available, which help the digestive system break down products containing lactose.
Self-Care at Home
Dietary changes designed to reduce or eliminate lactose products is the simplest and most effective treatment for lactose intolerance. Foods that should be avoided by people with lactose intolerance are listed in the previous section and include milk, ice cream, yogurt, and cheese.
Replacement of milk with substitutes, such as, soy milk and other soy products or rice milk is one option for people with lactose intolerance.
Lactase enzyme replacement in milk products is also a common recommendation for treating lactose intolerance. Lactase supplements in pill or liquid (Lactaid) form are available and can be added to milk. Other similar preparations include Lactrase, LactAce, Dairy Ease®, and Lactrol. Commercially available milk predigested with lactase is also available in most supermarkets (Lactaid milk).
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/13/2014
Bhupinder Anand, MD
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