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Lactose intolerance is caused by the body's inability to digest lactose, which is a milk sugar. Symptoms can range from bloating, gas and cramps to nausea to diarrhea. The pain and discomfort can range from mild to severe.

The enzyme that aids in digesting milk is called lactase, and exists in almost all infants and children so they can digest their mother's milk. This enzyme often disappears once a child is weaned, particularly if the child lives in an area where dairy products are uncommon...which is most of the world.

As a result, 'lactose intolerance' is a very common medical condition that affects hundreds of millions of people worldwide...some say as much as 70 percent of the world's population...although that doesn't mean that most people 'suffer' from lactose intolerance or require any sort of lactose intolerance treatment, such as dietary supplements like Lactaid or Lactagen.

That's because being lactose intolerant in a region or culture where dairy products are uncommon generally means that the condition does not even have to be treated. After all, if you aren't using dairy products, you don't have to worry about being "allergic" to them.

Interestingly, people of Northern European descent, such as many white Americans, are significantly less susceptible than most others to lactose intolerance...and yet may have the hardest time dealing with it because of the pervasiveness of lactose in our foods, including baked goods, soups, cereal, salad dressing...even lunch meat, candy and medicine!

Fortunately, lactose intolerance is easy to treat. Such treatments may include non-prescription dietary supplements such as Lactaid, Lactagen, and Digestive Advantage Lactose Intolerance Therapy. These supplements come as tablets or liquid and are generally taken with the first bite of dairy food or, in the case of Digestive Advantage Lactose Intolerance Therapy, once a day. These supplements make lactose more easily digestible.

In addition, lactose-reduced milk and other dairy products can be found at most supermarkets. Lactose-reduced milk, such as that produced by Lactaid contains all of the nutrients found in regular milk and remains fresh for about the same length of time.

Lactagen's supplements are somewhat different. They are used as part of a program designed to recondition the digestive system to better handle breaking down dairy products. It has long been established that people who are lactose intolerant can increase their production of lactase by gradually reintroducing lactose into their diet.

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