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Do people with IBS also have lactose intolerance?

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One in three people with IBS have lactose intolerance. They may have diarrhea, bloating, and gas. It could be that those foods irritate the already sensitive intestines of people with IBS. 

If you don’t feel good 30 minutes to 2 hours after you eat milk, cheese, or yogurt, talk to your doctor. She might order tests to see how your body handles lactose, the sugar in dairy foods. You might need to cut back on the milk products you eat, but you can also try lactase tablets or drops to help you digest them.

SOURCES:

NIH: “Celiac disease,” “Lactose Intolerance.”

FDA: “Living with Fibromyalgia, Drugs Approved to Manage Pain.”

American College of Rheumatology: “Treatments.”

The Celiac Support Association: “Treatment of Celiac Disease and Gluten-Related Disorders: Gluten-Free Lifestyle.”

O’Leary C. , 2002. American Journal of Gastroenterology

Dukowicz A. 2007. Gastroenterology and Hepatology (NY),

The American College of Gastroenterology: “Irritable Bowel Syndrome.”

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: “Other frequently asked questions about IBS.”

Parrish, C. 2008. Nutrition Issues in Gastroenterology, Series #64,

Yang J. 2014. Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics,

UNC Center for Functional GI & Motility Disorders: “The Association of Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Fibromyalgia.”

Hospital for Special Surgery: “What is a Rheumatologist?”

Ghoshal. U. , 2014. World Journal of Gastroenterology

Ek, M. 2015. BMC Women's Health,

Lakhan, S. and Kirchgessner, A. 2010. Nutrition & Metabolism,

Lee, Y. , 2015. PLoS One

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on September 16, 2019

SOURCES:

NIH: “Celiac disease,” “Lactose Intolerance.”

FDA: “Living with Fibromyalgia, Drugs Approved to Manage Pain.”

American College of Rheumatology: “Treatments.”

The Celiac Support Association: “Treatment of Celiac Disease and Gluten-Related Disorders: Gluten-Free Lifestyle.”

O’Leary C. , 2002. American Journal of Gastroenterology

Dukowicz A. 2007. Gastroenterology and Hepatology (NY),

The American College of Gastroenterology: “Irritable Bowel Syndrome.”

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: “Other frequently asked questions about IBS.”

Parrish, C. 2008. Nutrition Issues in Gastroenterology, Series #64,

Yang J. 2014. Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics,

UNC Center for Functional GI & Motility Disorders: “The Association of Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Fibromyalgia.”

Hospital for Special Surgery: “What is a Rheumatologist?”

Ghoshal. U. , 2014. World Journal of Gastroenterology

Ek, M. 2015. BMC Women's Health,

Lakhan, S. and Kirchgessner, A. 2010. Nutrition & Metabolism,

Lee, Y. , 2015. PLoS One

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on September 16, 2019

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