Lactose Intolerance Directory
Lactose intolerance is the inability to digest lactose, the sugar primarily found in milk and dairy products such as ice cream and cheese. It is caused by a shortage in the body of lactase, an enzyme produced by the small intestine that is needed to digest lactose. Symptoms include nausea, cramps, painful gas, bloating, and diarrhea. Lactose intolerance is diagnosed based on relief of symptoms when avoiding dairy products. Other tests include a hydrogen breath test, a blood glucose test, and a stool acidity test. Lactose intolerance is primarily treated by eating lactose-containing foods that don't produce symptoms. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about lactose intolerance, its symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and much more.
Hydrogen Breath Test for Diagnosing Lactose Intolerance
WebMD explains how lactose intolerance can be detected through a hydrogen breath test.
Is Your Diarrhea Due to Lactose Intolerance?
Are your stomach cramps and diarrhea caused by lactose intolerance? WebMD explains how to control symptoms --and which nondairy foods will give you the calcium and vitamin D your body needs.
What Is Lactose Intolerance?
WebMD provides facts about lactose intolerance including symptoms, treatment, diet, and self-care.
Recipe Substitutions for Lactose Intolerance
Need help making recipe substitutions for lactose intolerance? Get healthy and delicious recipe ideas.
Lactose-Free Milk and Nondairy Beverages
If you're lactose intolerant, you can still enjoy light coffee and creamy desserts with nondairy and lactose-free options instead of milk.
Lactose Intolerance: Protect Against Osteoporosis
Lactose intolerance can make it difficult to get enough calcium and vitamin D to maintain healthy bones. Get tips on protecting your bones if you are lactose intolerant.
Why Is Almond Milk Good For You?
Almond milk is a tasty, vegetarian, lactose-free alternative to cow's milk, and it's less calories.
Lactose-Free Entree and Snack Recipes
You can still enjoy tasty dishes, even if you don’t digest lactose well. For a delicious change of pace, try these lactose-free entree and snack recipes.
Cooking for Lactose Intolerance
Lactose intolerance is a common disorder that usually affects adults. It’s important to know which foods to avoid and what to include when cooking for lactose intolerance.
Kids and Lactose Intolerance
Lactose intolerance in children typically develops in late adolescence, although onset can be earlier. It’s rarely life threatening but can cause discomfort and affect quality of life.
Slideshows & Images
Slideshow: Lactose Intolerance – How to Get Calcium and Vitamin D
See how to eat right when dairy gives you stomach problems. Learn how to get calcium and vitamin D from lactose-free milk, calcium-rich foods, and the sun.
Slideshow: Lactose Intolerance -- 14 Ways to Still Love Dairy
See how certain cheeses, lactose-free milk, probiotics, and more can help keep dairy in your diet.
Slideshow: Worst Foods for Digestion
Learn which foods can trigger diarrhea and other digestive problems.