Dr. Oz: Dairy Sensitivities
Dr. Oz talked to Karen, who has a dairy sensitivity but who can’t stop eating dairy. Her friend calls her Mouse because she loves cheese so much. She sneaks dairy and cheese into all of her meals. She’ll have cheese in her eggs, milk in her oatmeal, cheese on her salad for lunch, sour cream on her potatoes, and provolone on her chicken.
Karen is a runner and she thinks osteoperosis runs in her family. She wants to keep her bones healthy and strong. However, dairy is making her feel bad. She has diarrhea, bloating, and cramping.
“Some people call me Pepe Le Pew because I’m a little smelly,” she said.
She’s lived with it so long she doesn’t know what normal is anymore. That’s why she came to Dr. Oz to talk about this.
Dr. Oz: Living with Dairy Sensitivity
Karen said she first remembers having an issue with dairy when she was 12. But she loves cheese, ice cream, and dairy. So she’s just lived with it. Dr. Oz wondered whether she feared never eating cheese again more than the damage it’s doing to her body. She said she’s afraid of both.
She said at work they had a cream cheese cupcake and she didn’t want to be the person who misses out on it. Dr. Oz said millions of people have issues with dairy and either don’t realize or don’t want to make a change because of it.
Dr. Oz: Dairy Intolerance Vs. Dairy Allergy
Dr. Oz said there’s two types of issues with dairy. One is a dairy allergy and the other is dairy intolerance. They cause different issues and have different issues. Dairy allergies happen when you have an allergy to the protein in the milk, like the whey or the casing. Karen had a slight sensitivity to this.
They also tested whether she was intolerant. They had Karen drink a concentrated form of lactose to see how much of it her blood absorbed. The National Institute of Health says that within two hours, at least 30 points of lactose should be absorbed. Karen’s result was 22. This means that Karen was likely intolerant.
Luckily, Dr. Oz had a lactose-free diet for Karen to try.