Diabetes and Lactose Intolerance
Lactose intolerance and diabetes are two separate conditions, but they can coexist in some individuals.
Lactose intolerance is a digestive disorder characterized by the inability to digest lactose, the sugar found in milk and dairy products. It occurs due to a deficiency or absence of the enzyme lactase, which is needed to break down lactose into glucose and galactose. The undigested lactose can cause gastrointestinal symptoms, such as bloating, gas, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.
Lactose intolerance can vary in severity among individuals. Some people may be able to tolerate small amounts of lactose without experiencing symptoms, while others may need to avoid lactose entirely. Treatment often involves managing the intake of lactose-containing foods and beverages, utilizing lactase supplements or lactase-treated dairy products, and seeking alternative sources of calcium and other nutrients typically found in dairy. If you suspect lactose intolerance, it is advisable to consult with a healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate management strategies.