Lactose Intolerant? Probably not!

1053786_food_2More and more people choose expensive, lactose-free milk for the stomach’s sake. But often quite unnecessarily.
– Lactose intolerance has become a hip diagnosis!

A soy latte please! More and more people, especially young women, opt out of regular milk because they think they have a lactose intolerance. Because the stomach is rumbling – and because of the much talk about  lactose-free, low lactose and lactose intolerance.

Something that makes the food industry big money. The shelves with low lactose -and lactose-free products that are significantly more expensive than conventional dairy products.
No, best to skip the milk and drinking water to food. Removing the file, and eat sandwiches instead …

– Very pointless if you do not know that you really is hypersensitive to milk. Lactose intolerance has become something of a hip diagnosis, often without coverage in reality. Mistrust of the milk is much exaggerated. It is therefore important to find out if it really is milk that is culprit.

It says consultant and magspecialisten Lars Blomquist, which in recent years been more and more patients who are convinced that they are intolerant to lactose. In fact, it is almost always the colon irritabile, irritable bowel, often associated with stress, anxiety and irregular eating habits.

This is not to say that you should not take lactose intolerance very seriously, “stresses Lars Blomquist. And it is true that the diagnosis is more common today than ten or twenty years ago – partly because of immigration, and that it has become easier to diagnose.

Being lactose intolerant means that it lacks or, usually, have more or less of the enzyme lactate in the small intestine.
An enzyme needed to break down milk sugar, lactose intact, so that its components can be absorbed. Rather than continuing down the lactose intact in the colon and becomes food for intestinal bacteria, leading to, among other gripe, gas and diarrhea.

We Swedes have generally much lactate in the small intestine, possibly to milk products largely contained in our food culture since time immemorial. In Africa, Asia and Latin America, however, are almost a hundred percent of the population is lactose intolerant, in the Mediterranean countries about 50 percent and in Finland about 20 per cent.

There are three types of lactose intolerance. The major is an inherited, primary laktasbrist, normally detected in four-FIVE-YEAR-OLD. But for some, with more diffuse symptoms, it may take up in their teens and even longer in-nan stomach problems in the context of milk and mjölkmat.

That it is genetically does not necessarily mean that one or both parents need to have symptoms.
Congenital laktasbrist is extremely rare and seen directly, because the child reacts strongly to breast milk.

It may also become temporarily lactose intolerant after an intestinal infection, for example, a tourist diarrhea, secondary laktasbrist, but it moves with time.
However, there is no evidence that it becomes less resistant to the milk with increasing age.

How do I know when it is lactose and not stress and bad habits that make my stomach unhappy?
– You can start by testing yourself by completely abstain from all milk products and such you suspect contains milk at a time. Then you can try drinking a little milk on an empty stomach and see what happens, and then increase the amount gradually. Reacts tummy with tummy ache, noise, gas and diarrhea, you are probably lactose intolerant and should have that confirmed with a test, “said Lars Blomquist, and points out that lactose intolerance is a digestive disorder and not allergy as many believe. So it is not dangerous to get in the milk if you are lactose intolerant. Most also withstand any decilitre per day.

The test can be done with the family doctor to go to first to drink a water solution containing a substantial amount of lactose. Then measured the degree of laktasaktivitet with a blood test or a breath.

There are self to buy at the pharmacy, a DNA sample that is to rub a stick against the inside of the cheek and send for analysis, but it just shows if you have inherited laktasbrist and not the degree.

A disadvantage, says Icakurirens dietician Viveca Annell. If you think you are lactose intolerant, it is useful to know how sensitive you are, so as not to refrain from milk unnecessarily.

– Milk is a veritable vitamin bomb with its fourteen different vitamins and minerals. Ideally there should be in itself the equivalent of five decilitre day. Hard cheese, for example, contains no lactose at all. And yogurt can most successfully.

That there are now so many lactose free and lactose-reduced dairy products on the shelves like Viveca Annell is great progress.
Both låglaktosmjölk and lactose-free milk containing lactose in addition to the same nutrients as regular milk. Låglaktosmjölk, however, is sweeter (for the lactose intact spjälkats the sugars glucose and galactose), which means that many prefer lactose free. Oats and soy beverages are good options if they are fortified with calcium and vitamin D.

There are also prescription lactate tablets to buy at the pharmacy that makes it not very hypersensitive temporarily can eat food that contains lactose. Good if you’re going out to dinner and do not know what is offered.

How do I know if there is lactose in foodstuffs other than milk?
– There is no requirement that it should be lactose in the ingredient list, and it is rare. Look for milk, milk powder, skimmed milk powder, whey, whey powder, dried milk or milk sugar.

– Be careful also when it is creme fraiche, cream, Cream milk powder, kesella, cottage cheese, COTTAGE CHEESE, cheese, mesprodukt, butter and vegetable margarine. Lactose can also be found in, for example, bread, sausages and liver. Then there is Luring as easy mayonnaise and meringues. Lactose is also included in some medicine tablets filler, but in such small quantities that most lactose intolerant do not notice it.

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  • Thursday, May 19, 2011 at

    In the last few months our youngest daughter who is 6 had started showing signs that she might be lactose intolerant. There were some obvious symptoms, potty problems after breakfast and concerns from teachers after more and more frequent visits to the school nurse after midday/lunch and some less obvious ones, like general allergic reactions to food combinations and even some mild new sleeping problems. I am reading this article
    that suggested that some combinations of vitamins might help to address some allergies. We would like to stay a homeopathic as possible in addressing the symptoms. We should be getting her immuno-assays back in the next few weeks. How prevalent do you think that combined allergy reactions are compared to in the past when diets were more localized? Do you have any experience with children who are lactose intolerant and how it affects their vitamin absorption or have you read anything pertaining to it?

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