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Lactose intolerance is the inability to digest significant amounts of lactose, the major sugar found in milk. Lactose intolerance is caused by a shortage of the enzyme lactase, which is produced by the cells that line the small intestine. Lactase breaks down milk sugar into two simpler forms of sugar called glucose and galactose, which are then absorbed into the bloodstream. Not all people deficient in lactase have the symptoms commonly associated with lactose intolerance, but those who do are said to have lactose intolerance.

People sometimes confuse lactose intolerance with cow’s milk intolerance because the symptoms are often the same. However, lactose intolerance and cow’s milk intolerance are not related. Being intolerant to cow’s milk is an allergic reaction triggered by the immune system. Lactose intolerance is a problem caused by the digestive system.
NEJM publishes results from Celgene’s REVLIMID phase III studies on MM

NEJM publishes results from Celgene’s REVLIMID phase III studies on MM

Gluten free diet does not help weight loss and may be harmful to the non-allergic

Gluten free diet does not help weight loss and may be harmful to the non-allergic

BTI completes SUGARDOWN human clinical study on blood sugar management

BTI completes SUGARDOWN human clinical study on blood sugar management

Research offers further evidence that diet affects gastrointestinal illnesses

Research offers further evidence that diet affects gastrointestinal illnesses

Tips to enjoy holiday food and other special parts of the season

Tips to enjoy holiday food and other special parts of the season

Is gluten the latest villain in the battle for better health?

Is gluten the latest villain in the battle for better health?

Avoiding dairy products due to lactose intolerance may pose diet and health risks, say experts

Avoiding dairy products due to lactose intolerance may pose diet and health risks, say experts

NIH panel proposes multiple management strategies for lactose intolerant individuals

NIH panel proposes multiple management strategies for lactose intolerant individuals

Soy products meet nutritional needs of people with lactose intolerance

Soy products meet nutritional needs of people with lactose intolerance

Ritter Pharmaceuticals to discuss lactose intolerance and associated health risks at NIH Conference

Ritter Pharmaceuticals to discuss lactose intolerance and associated health risks at NIH Conference

Health Press NA releases new children’s bibliotherapy book on separation anxiety

Health Press NA releases new children’s bibliotherapy book on separation anxiety

Vitamin D deficiency may contribute to higher risk of death among African-Americans compared to whites

Vitamin D deficiency may contribute to higher risk of death among African-Americans compared to whites

Mayo Clinic Women's HealthSource offers tips to reduce gas

Mayo Clinic Women's HealthSource offers tips to reduce gas

Prevalence of lactose intolerance may be far lower than previously estimated, says study

Prevalence of lactose intolerance may be far lower than previously estimated, says study

Soundview Medical Associates chooses Allscripts' EHR and PM for better management

Soundview Medical Associates chooses Allscripts' EHR and PM for better management

Lactose intolerance rates may be overestimated by wide margins

Lactose intolerance rates may be overestimated by wide margins

Survey: 77% of Latino women avoid milk to manage lactose intolerance

Survey: 77% of Latino women avoid milk to manage lactose intolerance

Survey: 78% of African American women avoid milk to manage lactose intolerance

Survey: 78% of African American women avoid milk to manage lactose intolerance

Some parents misdiagnosing milk formula intolerance

Some parents misdiagnosing milk formula intolerance

Marker in blood may explain susceptibility to interstitial cystitis

Marker in blood may explain susceptibility to interstitial cystitis