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10 Things to Know About Lactose Intolerance

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1. It’s All in the Enzymes

Normally, your body produces an enzyme called lactase. When you drink a glass of milk or eat cottage cheese, lactase helps you break down the milk sugar lactose into simpler sugars that are absorbed into your bloodstream. Lactose intolerance occurs when you have a lactase deficiency.

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Medically Reviewed By: Williams, Robert, MD

Last Annual Review Date: 2013-01-20