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Lactose Intolerance At A Late Age

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Posted 12 November 2006 - 03:47 PM

Hi. My daughter was recently diagnosed, so my son and I got the blood test as well. We were both negative. But I developed lactose intolerance a couple of years ago and wondered what else could cause that at the grand old age of 47. I guess I am looking at/for celiac in everything now that I know so much about it.

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Are there lots of other causes of lactose intolerance at a later age? Or is it more possible that my blood test was wrong and I do have some intestinal damage?
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Posted 12 November 2006 - 04:13 PM

The ability to produce large quantities of lactase declines with age for all populations, for some more quickly than others, depending on genetics. Eventually it gets low enough that you feel the effects of undigested lactose being digested by bacteria in the intestines. Aging itself is a cause of lactose intolerance.
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