Can You Develop Lactose Intolerance?

Lactose intolerance is the inability to properly digest dairy products such as milk, ice cream, cheese, etc. Many times children are diagnosed with lactose intolerance. It is also found in higher rates among certain ethnic groups such as Asians and American Indians. But many people wonder if you can develop lactose intolerance during pregnancy or later in life.

The fact of the matter is, yes you can develop lactose intolerance later in life and during pregnancy.  You can develop lactose intolerance at any time during life. It can also mysteriously disappear on its own at any time too.

People who are lactose intolerant can live a completely normal life. There are products such as ice cream and milk that are lactose free. People suffering from lactose intolerance just need to make sure to get a proper diagnosis from a physician in order to rule out any other stomach issues. Lactose intolerance symptoms include upset stomach and diarrhea.

If you suffer from lactose intolerance, you must make sure to get enough calcium in your diet. That means eating non-dairy calcium rich foods as well as calcium supplements. Calcium is needed for strong bones especially in women.

So can you develop lactose intolerance later in life and during pregnancy? Yes, but it does not have to stop you from living a full life.

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