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NIH Conference on Lactose Intolerance Leads to Important Conclusions

You may be surprised to learn that experts at the National Institutes of Health’s Lactose Intolerance and Health Consensus Development Conference report that in most cases, lactose-intolerant individuals can incorporate some dairy into their diets.

The independent panel of broad-based, multidisciplinary, lactose-intolerance experts noted that lactose-intolerant individuals who avoid dairy foods altogether don’t get enough calcium and vitamin D, which may increase their risk of osteoporosis, decreased bone accrual, and other health problems.

This led panelists to recommend the development of evidence-based dietary approaches (and supplementation strategies) that both include and exclude dairy foods, and corresponding educational campaigns to inform healthcare providers, patients and the general public about this and other developments in the field.

For a look at all of the conclusions from the February 2010 conference on the current state of knowledge about lactose intolerance, visit http://consensus.nih.gov/2010/lactosestatement.htm.

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Last Updated Date: 06/10/2010
Last Reviewed Date: 06/10/2010