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Lactose Intolerance (cont.)

Medication

Because milk and milk containing products are the main sources of dietary calcium and vitamin D, people with lactose intolerance may be deficient in calcium and vitamin D. Calcium and vitamin D deficiency can lead to early osteoporosis and fragile bones. Therefore, calcium and vitamin D supplements are recommended for people with lactose intolerance.

Lactase enzyme supplements can be added to milk, as mentioned earlier, for people with lactose intolerance.

Follow-up

Most people with lactose intolerance do not require routine follow-up with their doctors for this condition. Once the diagnosis is established, proper dietary changes, ingestion of milk substitutes and proper supplementation usually results in improvement or resolution of the symptoms of lactose intolerance.

Most people with lactose intolerance are cared for by their primary care physicians, internists, and gastroenterologists. Consultation with a dietician or nutritionist is advisable in order to review different foods that may contain hidden lactose and to understand nutritional alternatives.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/13/2014
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