Lactose intolerance is lack of ability to digest Lactose, which is the sugar, which is found in milk and other dairy products. The enzyme that can break down lactose and assists us to digest the milk is called ``Lactase`` and is produced by the cells in small intestine.
Some people with variation in their genes might have limited or no production of Lactase enzyme in their body therefore will have an impaired ability to digest the milk. This is very important in infants because they use the milk as source of energy and any variation in the gene can lead to severe health problem.
In addition, for some people, the production of the lactase enzyme stops or is limited when they become an adult, due to their genetic variation. Therefore, some adults are genetically not being able to consume larger quantities of milk.
Congenital lactase deficiency, also called congenital alactasia, is a disorder in which infants are unable to break down lactose in breast milk or formula. This form of lactose intolerance results in severe diarrhea. If affected infants are not given a lactose-free infant formula, they may develop severe dehydration and weight loss.
Yes. Lactase persistence, and lactose tolerance, is hereditary therefore most commonly runs in families. The symptoms usually develop during all lifelong from infants to the teen or adult years.
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