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Who gets lactose intolerance?

Lactose intolerance affects anybody that does not produce enough lactase. In some people, lactose intolerance can be a result of ageing, when less lactase enzyme is produced. An illness or intestinal disease can also cause lactose intolerance, such as gastroenteritis, Crohn's disease and Coeliac disease. In rare cases, some babies are born with lactose intolerance. This occurs when both the mother and father pass on a defective form of the lactase gene.

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Author: Karen McCloskey BHSc
First answered: 23 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Coeliac disease

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