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Malabsorption syndromes

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Short bowel syndrome

A person with short bowel syndrome is likely to be deficient in a range of important nutrients.

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Coeliac disease - Lab Tests Online AU

Coeliac disease is an autoimmune diseasecharacterised by an inappropriate immune response to gluten. Gluten is aprotein found in wheat, similar proteins are found in barley and rye and to a lesser extent in oats.This response leads to inflammation of the small intestine and to damage and destruction of the villi that line the intestinal wall. The villi are projections, small tissue folds that increase the surface area of the intestine and allow nutrients, vitamins, minerals, fluids, and electrolytes to be absorbed into the body. When a susceptible person is exposed to gluten, their body produces autoantibodies that act against constituents of the intestinal villi. As long as the person continues to be exposed to the proteins, they will continue to produce these autoantibodies. When villi are damaged or destroyed, the body is much less capable of absorbing food including iron and vitamins. They may begin to develop symptoms associated with malnutrition and malabsorption. Malnutrition causes weight loss in adults and growth delay and failure to gain weight in children. Malabsorption causes diarrhoea and foul smelling bowel motions that float and have a greasy appearance because of the unabsorbed fats and oils in them.

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Lactose Intolerance | myVMC

Lactose intolerance, or intolerance to lactose-containing foods (such as dairy products), affects primarily the gastrointestinal tract, though it can have effects on other systems as a result of nutritional deficits that result from the condition

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Parenting and Child Health - Health Topics - Lactose intolerance in babies

Lactase is an enzyme, or chemical, which the body uses to digest the sugar in milk(lactose). If there is not enough lactase, undigested milk sugar gets into the large bowel and may cause gut pains and diarrhoea. This is called lactose intolerance.

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Cows Milk Protein Vs Lactose Intolerance - Reflux Infants Support Association Inc

Discusses the confusion between Lactose Intolerance and Cows Milk Protein Intolerance (CMPI) and looks at the differences between the two.

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Lactose intolerance - myDr.com.au

Find out about the symptoms, tests and treatments for lactose intolerance.

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Lactose intolerance in babies

Lactose intolerance is a condition when your body cant break down a carbohydrate (sugar) called lactose which is present in cows milk, human breast milk, or any other milk from a mammal.

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Understanding lactose intolerance Dietitians Association of Australia

Understanding lactose intolerance Lactose intolerance is a set of symptoms caused by the bodysinability to digest lactose properly

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Lactose intolerance and the breastfed baby | Australian Breastfeeding Association

Lactose intolerance is poorly understood in the Australian community. There are lots of myths and misunderstandings about it, especially when it comes to babies. Primary (or true) lactose intolerance is an extremely rare genetic condition and lactose intolerance is very different to intolerance or allergy to cows' milk protein. This article explains the differences between lactose intolerance and other conditions such as food allergies and lactose overload and dispels some of the myths about lactose intolerance in babies.

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Lactose Intolerance | Nutrition Australia

What is Lactose? Lactose is the carbohydrate naturally found in all kinds of milk, including human milk. It can also be used as an ingredient in some foods.

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