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How do you manage lactose intolerance?

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You can't change how well your body digests lactose, but you can cut or even stop your symptoms.

Talk with your doctor or a registered dietitian who can help you plan a healthy diet that keeps you feeling good. Keep a food diary to help you learn how much (if any) dairy you can eat without having symptoms. Many people don't need to stop eating all dairy.

If you make small changes in what you eat, you may be able to prevent symptoms by helping your body digest dairy foods easier.

From: Could You Have Lactose Intolerance? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Rusynyk, R and Still, C. , April 2001. Journal of the American Osteopathic Association

National Institutes of Health Consensus Development Conference: Lactose Intolerance and Health, Bethesda, MD, Feb. 22-24, 2010.

WebMD Medical Reference: “Hydrogen Breath Test and Lactose Intolerance.”

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearing House: “Digestive Diseases Statistics.”

The Mayo Clinic: “Lactose Intolerance.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Lactose Intolerance Overview.”

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: “Lactose Intolerance.”

American Gastroenterological Association: “Understanding Food Allergies and Intolerances.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on August 14, 2018

SOURCES:

Rusynyk, R and Still, C. , April 2001. Journal of the American Osteopathic Association

National Institutes of Health Consensus Development Conference: Lactose Intolerance and Health, Bethesda, MD, Feb. 22-24, 2010.

WebMD Medical Reference: “Hydrogen Breath Test and Lactose Intolerance.”

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearing House: “Digestive Diseases Statistics.”

The Mayo Clinic: “Lactose Intolerance.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Lactose Intolerance Overview.”

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: “Lactose Intolerance.”

American Gastroenterological Association: “Understanding Food Allergies and Intolerances.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on August 14, 2018

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