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Lactose intolerance


There's no cure for lactose intolerance, but most people are able to control their symptoms by making changes to their diet.

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Symptoms of lactose intolerance may include farting, stomach cramps or diarrhoea a few hours after having food or drink containing lactose.

Lactose intolerance is caused by your body not producing enough lactase, a substance that helps you digest lactose.

You can control the symptoms of lactose intolerance by avoiding food and drink containing lactose.

Lactose intolerance is where you cannot properly digest lactose, a type of sugar found in milk and dairy products.

Page last reviewed: 25/02/2019
Next review due: 25/02/2022