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How come I have lactose intolerance, but nobody else in the family has it?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology

In brief: Lactose intolerance

Lactose intolerance is common--25% of caucasians, 80% of afro-americans, almost 100% asians.
Lactose intolerance can be secondary to lactase enzyme deficiency, or due to a bigger problem of small bowel inflammation, infection, infiltrative disease, and/or maldigestion. Don't assume its lactose intolerance unless tested, or at least assessed response to lactase enzyme replacement (like lactaid).

In brief: Lactose intolerance

Lactose intolerance is common--25% of caucasians, 80% of afro-americans, almost 100% asians.
Lactose intolerance can be secondary to lactase enzyme deficiency, or due to a bigger problem of small bowel inflammation, infection, infiltrative disease, and/or maldigestion. Don't assume its lactose intolerance unless tested, or at least assessed response to lactase enzyme replacement (like lactaid).
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