Lactose Intolerance – How Do Other People Manage Their Symptoms?

Lactose Intolerance – How Do Other People Manage Their Symptoms?

If you’re like many of the 58 million people in the U.S. who suffer from lactose intolerance, the symptoms can be, quite frankly, intolerable. “Digestive discomfort” doesn’t really describe the situation for some people. The gas pains, bloating, cramps and rush-to-the-restroom feelings are not only painful, they can be embarrassing. That makes it difficult to talk to other people about how they cope with the problems caused by lactose intolerance – gas pains are hardly a popular topic at cocktail parties!

So what strategies work to overcome the symptoms of lactose intolerance? Do you simply avoid eating dairy products? Is it unreasonable to think you could actually drink milk or eat foods such as ice cream and cheese pizza again? What about products such as Lactaid® or Lactagen®?

If you feel like you’re the only one who’s looking for answers to questions about lactose intolerance, cheer up! Billions of people worldwide are in the same boat, adrift on a sea of digestive disorder distress. Fortunately, you can take steps to relieve the symptoms of lactose intolerance. Here are answers to three frequently asked questions:

• Should I avoid dairy? Many people try this, but there can be health risks involved. Lactose-intolerant individuals who avoid dairy products may not consume adequate amounts of nutrients, such as calcium and vitamin D. These nutrients are most abundant in milk and other dairy products. Not getting enough of them could put you at a higher risk for developing osteoporosis, hypertension, and colon and breast cancer.

• What about taking a dietary supplement to relieve lactose intolerance? Products like Lactaid help relieve or prevent dietary distress caused by lactose intolerance, as long as you remember to take them every time you eat dairy. Plus, a surprising number of foods contain dairy products, so you need to be sure you know when you’re consuming lactose.

• Is there any way I can drink milk, eat dairy products and avoid the distressing stomach issues? Lactagen, a daily program that helps train your digestive system to break down dairy products, has shown remarkable success in the years since it was introduced. Developed by leading experts on lactose intolerance, Lactagen is safe, all natural, clinically tested and physician approved.

One of the keys to discovering what works to help eliminate the symptoms of lactose intolerance for you is by learning from the experience of others. Check out blog sites, Facebook and Twitter where lactose intolerance is the topic, as well as sites like Lactagen. On Lactagen’s site and others, you can share ideas with other people who are learning to overcome lactose intolerance. You may find that you don’t have to give up dairy or feeling good.

The author specializes in the topic of lactose intolerance, and has found helpful information using online communities.