What is Lactose Intolerance? Lactose Intolerance is the inability to digest dairy products.
SymptomsGas, bloating, diarrhea, and vomiting
Environmental Conditions Lactose intolerance is more common among people of Asian, African, Native American, and Hispanic descent. In most people, lactose intolerance remains a lifelong problem. But for some kids, it can be a temporary condition that begins after they take certain antibiotics or have gastrointestinal infections and eventually goes away.
What organ in the body does it affect?Lactose intolerance occurswhen the body makes too littleof the enzyme lactase, which isneeded to break down lactoseinto two smaller sugars calledglucose and lactose. Whentheres not enough lactase inthe body, lactose doesnt getbroken down in the smallintestine, and it passes into thelarge intestine where bacteriaferment it into gases and acids.
Is there a treatment for lactose intolerance?No, there is no cure but if youare lactose intolerant youshould:•Eat food, drinks, anddigestive aids that areavailable (i.e. lactaid milk)•Ask your doctor if you cansupplement certain dairyproducts with drops or tabletsthat contain the lactaseenzyme.•Avoid all dairy products•Eat other foods that are richin calcium, vitamin d, andprotein•Take a lactaid pill orprescribed medicine
What chromosome is the illness found on?The gene for lactase is located on chromosome 2.
What’s the name of the gene?The name for the lactase gene is LCT.