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Do you need to avoid lactose if you have ulcerative colitis?

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Not necessarily. Ulcerative colitis doesn't make you more likely to have lactose intolerance. Your doctor can do a test to find out.

SOURCES:

Fedorak, R. Gastroenterology & Hepatology, November 2010.

Institute of Medicine: "Dietary Reference Intakes for Calcium and Vitamin D."

Office of Dietary Supplements: "Dietary Supplement Fact Sheet: Calcium."

Bassaganya-Riera, J. PLOS One, Feb. 21, 2012.

Science Daily: "New Probiotic Combats Inflammatory Bowel Disease."

Science Daily: "Which Treatment is Effective in Maintaining Remission in Ulcerative Colitis: Probiotic or Placebo?"

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on November 15, 2019

SOURCES:

Fedorak, R. Gastroenterology & Hepatology, November 2010.

Institute of Medicine: "Dietary Reference Intakes for Calcium and Vitamin D."

Office of Dietary Supplements: "Dietary Supplement Fact Sheet: Calcium."

Bassaganya-Riera, J. PLOS One, Feb. 21, 2012.

Science Daily: "New Probiotic Combats Inflammatory Bowel Disease."

Science Daily: "Which Treatment is Effective in Maintaining Remission in Ulcerative Colitis: Probiotic or Placebo?"

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on November 15, 2019

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