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THE PHARMA REVIEW (JULY - AUGUST 2010)

Lactase

 

Introduction
Lactose intolerance is the inability to metabolize milk sugar, or lactose. Lactose is a disaccharide found in dairy products and is composed of glucose and galactose. While lactose intolerance varies wildly from population to population, scientists estimate that nearly 75% of adults either lack the ability to digest lactose or at least have difficulty digesting dairy products in general. The frequency ranges from around 5% in northern Europe to more than 90% in some Asian and African countries.

 

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