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Lactose intolerance

  • Alternative Names

    Lactase deficiency; Milk intolerance; Disaccharidase deficiency; Dairy product intolerance


    There is no known way to prevent lactose intolerance.

    If you have the condition, avoiding or restricting the amount of milk products in your diet can reduce or prevent symptoms.


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    Lactose intolerance. The National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC). NIH Publication No. 09-2751. June 2009.