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Survey Results: How do lactose intolerant individuals cope with their symptoms?

Friday, November 23rd, 2007

As a lactose intolerant sufferer, its important to know what others are doing about their condition.

In a recent 2007 survey, I asked 300 lactose intolerant individuals what they did to coup with their lactose intolerance. Here are the results:

32% – Avoid dairy completely
32% – Take lactase supplements with dairy foods
12% – Consume lactose-free/dairy-free substitute products
24% – Suffer the pain

** It is interesting to note, that in a similar survey1999 showed that a whopping 53% of lactose intolerant sufferers avoided dairy, while only 24% took lactase supplements when consuming dairy products. **



My Comments on Lactaid

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

A long time ago…I tried it! And it worked (sort of)! I successfully ate a cheeseburger without any problem. I was so proud. I also made it through half a pizza, but a slice of lasagna didn’t do so well in my stomach. With Extra Strength Lactaid I need to take more (3-4 capsules) than they recommend (1-2 capsules).

Although this sounds like a dream come true, lactase supplements don’t do as great of a job as they claim. They get rid of the gas for the most part, assuming you take enough, but they may cause other digestive problems, like diahrrea, up to 24 hours later. I always get canker sores in my mouth when I eat dairy products, regardless of whether I take a supplement or not. Finally, if you use Lactaid often, you may build up some sort of resistance to it. After not using it for a month or so its effectiveness should return, but that also varies. Overall, I find it works for me about 90% of the time.

Lately other companies have come out with lactase supplements. These aren’t as prettily packaged, but work the same way for much less money. I now use the Target brand supplement. It contains exactly the same about of lactase as Lactaid Ultra, also comes individually wrapped, and costs about $3 less per box. Let me know if you’ve found other Lactaid-imitation supplements that work just as well.

Thanks,

Kirsten



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