Lactose intolerance refers to a gastrointestinal tract disorder in which individuals are unable to digest dairy products (lactose) due to the insufficiency of the enzyme lactase. Lactase aids in the breakdown of lactose into glucose and galactose so that glucose is readily absorbed into the blood for energy. Lactose intolerant individuals face many discomforts that can be avoided by a modification in the diet.
Signs and Symptoms of Lactose Intolerance
The symptoms of lactose intolerance appear anywhere from 30 minutes to 3 hours within consumption of dairy products. These symptoms are not life-threatening but are enough to agonize the person.
The only way to avoid the discomfort is to avoid all products containing lactose or either introduce lactase digestive supplements along with other supplements.