Lactose intolerance is the inability to digest or absorb lactose, which is the main sugar found in milk and other dairy products. Treatment involves managing the symptoms through dietary modifications and monitoring the intake of lactose. Due to the restricted consumption of milk and other dairy products, people with lactose intolerance often have low levels of calcium and vitamin D.
Symptoms of Lactose intolerance
Symptoms include: Gas (flatulence), stomach rumbling, diarrhoea, floating or foul smelling stools, nausea, weight loss or a bloated feeling.
If you suspect that you may be lactose intolerant, it is important to make an appointment with our dietitians so that they can accurately assess your symptom profile. Many people wrongly self-diagnose and risk deficiencies of essential nutrients.
Treatment Of Lactose Intolerance
Your first appointment will involve a consultation with the dietitian to assess your symptoms. If Lactose intolerance is suspected the dietitian may refer you for further testing. They can assess your tolerance level and provide dietary advice tailored to your requirements. They will quantitatively and qualitatively assess your dietary intake and provide recommendations to prevent deficiencies in your diet.
Our dietitians at Spectrum Nutrition will guide you on suitable alternatives to dairy foods and can assess what nutrients you may be deficient in and provide solutions to correct this. They can assess your tolerability to lactose, and once this is determined, they can help you to plan fully balanced meals including all the essential nutrients that may otherwise be missing if you have been avoiding dairy products.