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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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Approximately 12 years ago I learned I was lactose intolerant, so I gave up dairy. HOwever I did not feel any better. So I gave up wheat/gluten and my problems are a lot better. My question is, do you think some day I will be able to drink milk again? And how long should I wait before I drink real milk? I've been gluten free since August 6. I get really yucky if I drink milk or eat dairy right now but am hoping for that to get better.

Bernadette ;)

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Hi,

Most people with celiac disease are lactose intolerant beacause;

The enzymes that break down lactose in milk are located at the tips of the villi (in the small intestine). When those villi are damaged by gluten in celiacs, than those individuals are temporarily lactose intolerant. Therefore, when the villi heal, dairy can be re-introduced into the diet. The degree of villi damage is different in every celiac so people will re-act differently to dairy products
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There are also people that will just develop lactose intolerance and will always react to milk products even when the villi have healed.

I react severely to dairy products and my body still can't tolerate dairy even after 6 months on the gluten-free diet. I try eating dairy once in awhile and still no luck :(

Hopefully you will get better and not have the same problem :)

-Carrie

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I'm lactose intolerant too, but I like to drink Organic Valley lactose free milk. Also, most cheeses do not contain any lactose (I know Kraft and Borden say so right on the package).

Good luck-I hope both of us will be drinking "normal" milk one of these days!

Nadia

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