Diabetes link to self-diagnosed lactose intolerance
PEOPLE who self-diagnose lactose intolerance have significantly higher rates of diabetes and hypertension than people without this belief, new research shows.
Self-perceived lactose intolerance may result in adverse dietary modifications and a significantly lower calcium intake from dairy foods, according to the research authors from Baylor College of Medicine, Texas.
“Limiting dairy food intake may have adverse health consequences,” they said.
A total of 12.3% of 3452 adults in a US survey, which was supported by the US Department of Agriculture and the dairy industry, perceived themselves to be lactose intolerant, a lower proportion than previously estimated.
“A larger percentage of respondents with, than without, self-perceived lactose intolerance self-reported having physician-diagnosed diabetes and/or hypertension,” the researchers said.
They found people with lower calcium intake from dairy