CAUSES – The basis for lactose intolerance is the lack of an enzyme called lactase in the small intestine. There are three types of lactose intolerance; primary, secondary, and congenital. Primary lactose develops between the ages of 3 and 13 and continues throughout life.
TREATMENT – Treatment involves avoidance of products that contain lactose or use of lactase enzyme supplements before eating. it may be necessary to eliminate only milk, yogurt, cottage cheese, and ice cream. There are caplets or tablets of lactase are available to take with milk-containing foods.
PREVENTION – You may have to give up dairy products. If you do, make sure that you get enough calcium through other foods.