Medical questions & health advice by board certified doctors
"Is dairy the cause of my digestive problems?"
Sometimes I drink milk and then have trouble going to the bathroom. Is this why?
Typically patients with lactose intolerance who do have digestive problems related to dairy intake experience bloating, flatulence, abdominal discomfort and diarrhea, but not constipation. Lactose intolerance refers to the reduced ability or inability to digest lactose, a common type of carbohydrate that is found mainly in dairy products such as milk, cheese and ice cream. The reduced breakdown of the lactose causes less absorption of the sugar into the gut, which leads to the symptoms listed above. An allergy to cow's milk is much more common in infants and children than in adults. Usually this allergy is "outgrown" in childhood as tolerance to the milk develops. It would be unusual for a milk allergy in adults to manifest only as occasional constipation without any other associated symptoms. Constipation is often a result of reduced dietary fiber intake. It may be helpful to make an effort to increase your daily fiber intake and continue your usual intake of milk products at the same time.
Need more info?See a primary care-doctor today
Zocdoc Answers is for general informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor (in the United States) 911 immediately. Always seek the advice of your doctor before starting or changing treatment. Medical professionals who provide responses to health-related questions are intended third party beneficiaries with certain rights under Zocdoc’s Terms of Service.