Menopause and Lactose Intolerance

The development of lactose intolerance is more noticeable during menopause.Women who are experiencing menopause often become accustomed to living the moment, seeing what new symptoms each day brings, all the while continuing with regular life and responsibilities.

During the unpleasant stage of menopause, there are many symptoms related to it, one of the most uncomfortable would be bloating. Though stomach problems can be caused by any number of foods and certain triggers, one factor that has become more and more noticeable is the development of lactose intolerance during menopause.

What Causes Lactose Intolerance during Menopause?

Fluctuating hormone levels can be the reason behind stomach problems.Like many other health complications in women, fluctuating hormone levels can often be the reason for the onset of stomach problems. Also, some doctors contend that stomach troubles in menopausal women stems from a change in diet. Women should add more fresh fruits and vegetables and complex carbohydrates into their diets.

However, when it comes to lactose intolerance specifically, the body has stopped producing a sufficient supply of lactase — the enzyme in the small intestines that breaks down lactose. People who suffer from this medical condition may experience cramping, bloating, or diarrhea after eating dairy products.

How Can I Get Calcium without Dairy?

Spinach, orange juice, and  soy milk are great alternatives for a healthy calcium intake.The best natural sources for calcium and vitamin D are milk and other dairy products. However, in order to prevent bloating, it is important for people who suffer from lactose intolerance to find other ways to consuming these nutrients. Here are several alternative ways to ensure a healthy calcium intake, without resorting to dairy products:

•  Dark, leafy greens like spinach and kale
•  Calcium fortified orange juice or soy milk
•  Calcium supplements
•  Vitamin D supplements

Vitamin D is important to boost the absorption of calcium in the bloodstream. Getting a little sunshine, with the protection of an SPF, counts towards your vitamin D intake, helping break down and absorb calcium.

The reason why is significant when talking about lactose intolerance is that osteoporosis — a symptom of menopause — is mostly attributed to insufficient calcium and vitamin D intake.

More Information

Talk to your doctor to find out if your stomach irritability is really lactose intolerance, or a product of adjustment to a new diet, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), or another digestive disorder.

If you are told to stay away from milk products, there are some treatments available that allow lactose intolerant patients to continue eating dairy. To find out more about digestive problems in menopause, follow this link.

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