The Milk is one of the most popular foods In the diet of Brazilians, because it is present in many other derivatives. Perhaps the main cheese is an indispensable ingredient in pizza, snacks, sauces and many other dishes in the kitchen. However, the number of people with lactose intolerance is large and has shown an upward trend. See what the risks are of ignoring the problem.
The dangers of ignoring lactose intolerance
A recent study found that 43% of whites and mulattoes have the lactase persistence allele. In addition, lactase deficiency is more common in blacks and Japanese. Deficiencies involving the enzyme lactase (responsible for proper metabolism/digestion of milk) lead to the famous lactose intolerance.
All the lactose that has not been properly absorbed is left over in the large intestine. This leads to the fermentation of “undigested milk” by microorganisms and the formation of gases inside the body. This causes a number of unpleasant symptoms, such as:
- Excessive flatulence.
- Abdominal distension;
- Intestinal cramps
- Pain and distress.
Symptoms that indicate lactose intolerance
First, know that lactose intolerance can be normal from birth, driven by genetic factors. In addition, it can also occur as a result of disease. Alteration of the intestinal microflora or a decrease in the production of lactase by the body are factors that cause the disease.
The diagnosis of lactose intolerance requires an in-depth clinical analysis of the health status of each patient. For this, the doctor will take a history to determine the possible symptoms and then some tests should be ordered. However, usually the patient himself is already aware that when he eats some dairy products, his body does not react well.
Untreated lactose intolerance can lead to problems with the mucous membrane of the intestines, stomach, and even the airways. Symptoms such as gastroesophageal reflux disease can occur in intolerant individuals. The effects of the problem tend to worsen over time. Therefore, find a specialist as soon as possible.
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