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Lactose intolerance occurs when an individual is unable to fully digest the milk sugar, or lactose, in dairy products. Also known as lactase deficiency, lactose intolerance is not typically dangerous but it can be very uncomfortable. Many people, in fact, have low levels of lactase, but most would not know, as there are no noticeable symptoms or signs. Those who do feel strange after consuming dairy and feel they might be lactose intolerant should know that symptoms such as diarrhea, nausea, abdominal cramps, bloating, and gas are some of the signs of lactose intolerance. These signs and symptoms typically appear within 30 minutes to two hours after consuming dairy. When a person is lactose intolerant, that's because the cells lining the small intestine are not producing lactase, which attaches to molecules in the food a person eats and breaks them into two simple sugars -- glucose and galactose -- which are then absorbed into the bloodstream. However, with insufficient lactase, food moves into the colon unprocessed, where it then interacts with normal intestinal bacteria, an interaction that often results in the aforementioned uncomfortable symptoms.
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