Healthy Advice

 

 

Featured in Naples Daily News

 

Naples Daily News Healthy Advice

Q:
 
I have noticed that when I drink milk I feel bloated and gassy. Could I be lactose intolerant?

 

 

A:The main sugar found in milk and other dairy products is called lactose. Some people don’t have enough lactase, which is the enzyme needed to break down the sugar for digestion. This can result in symptoms like nausea, cramps, bloating, gas, and diarrhea when lactose is ingested, and this is what is referred to as lactose intolerance. These symptoms can also be found in other conditions, so you should speak to your physician who may want to order further testing.

 

 

 

Previous Articles

 

what are hemorrhoids

 

Q:My doctor thinks I have an 'irritable bowel.' What does that mean?

 

 

pain after gallbladder

 

Q:I had my gallbladder removed 8 years ago. Can the gallbladder grow back?

 

 

what is IBS

 

Q:My doctor suggested that I start taking baby aspirin to help protect my heart. I have heard that aspirin can cause stomach ulcers. How will I know if I have one?

 

 

 

polyps early cancer

 

Q:I recently had a colonoscopy and had several polyps removed. Are all polyps early cancer?

 

 

chest pain acid refulx

 

Q: I have chest pain at age 32. Could this be acid reflux even if I don't feel heartburn?

 

 

colon cancer screening

 

Q: At what age should I get screened for colon cancer?

 

 

 

 

 

diverticulitis vs diverticulosis

 

Q:Are diverticulitis and diverticulosis the same thing?

 

 

alcoholic liver disease

 

Q:Can you explain alcoholic liver disease?

 

 

age colon cancer screening

 

Q:Exactly what are hemorrhoids?

 

 
 

 

 

 

lactose intolerant

 

Q:I had rectal bleeding recently that I think is from hemorrhoids; should I be concerned?

 

 

 

pancreatitis

 

Q: What is pancreatitis?

 

 

 

age colon cancer screening

 

Q: What is a Gastroenterologist?

 

 

 

 

 

Barrett's Esophagus

 

Q:I have a long history of heartburn and my physician told me I could have Barrett's Esophagus. What is this?

 

 

trouble swallowing food

 

Q:I have been having trouble swallowing my food lately. It just doesn't want to go down. What could be wrong?

 

 

bowel movements per day

 

Q: How many bowel movements per day are considered normal?

 

 

 

 

 

black stool

 

Q:My spouse was diagnosed with Hepatitis C. Could I be infected?

 

 

age colon cancer screening

 

Q:Do I have a high risk of colorectal cancer?

 

 

black stool

 

Q: I have passed some black stool. Is this unusual?

 

 

 

 

ulcer antibiotics

 

Q:One of my parents was recently treated for an ulcer with antibiotic. Is this a standard treatment?

 

 

immunization for hepatitis

 

Q:I had a friend who had hepatitis and I was told I should be immunized. What kind of immunization is necessary?

 

 

immunization for hepatitis

 

Q:I have had diabetes for many years. Now I have been told it is affecting my stomach. What does this mean?