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The most common methods individuals use to manage their symptoms of lactose intolerance are: dairy avoidance, lactase supplements, low-lactose and lactose-free dairy products, dairy substitutes and complementary products. However, these approaches are largely unsatisfactory from a consumer’s perspective, and dairy avoidance, the method recommended by most physicians, carries a number of health risks, largely due to an inadequate calcium intake.

In a study conducted by Engage Health, commonly recommended options for managing lactose intolerance by physicians was compared to consumer’s satisfaction of those options. There is a clear pattern of dissatisfaction seen, where as only 29% of consumers report satisfaction with lactase supplement products and 46% report satisfaction with dairy substitutes.

 

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