Lactose Intolerance

Calcium and Vitamin D have long played a vital role for the proper function of the human body. To achieve that, Americans need to consume sufficient amounts of dairy foods, such as milk, cheese and yogurt. Studies show that consuming the recommended amounts of calcium and vitamin D reduces the risk of developing Type II diabetes by 15%. Currently Type II diabetes affects 75 million Americans. These studies suggest that calcium and vitamin D may positively affect the body’s ability to produce or utilize Insulin, which is necessary to process sugar. However, with an estimated 75% of adults worldwide suffering from Lactose Intolerance, acceptable dietary guidelines can prove difficult to follow. Lactose Intolerance is the body’s inability to produce an enzyme, Lactase, to metabolize Lactose, a complex sugar found in dairy products, leading to symptoms of gas, bloating, diarrhea and abdominal cramps. Certain Ethnic groups have been found more likely to have Lactose Intolerance, with an estimated 75% of African Americans and Hispanic-Mexican Americans, 90% of Asian Americans and 15% of other ethnic groups. Coincidentally, the Ethnic groups more at risk for Type II diabetes are the same ethnic groups who have a high incidence of Lactose Intolerance, as shown below for Type II Diabetes Mellitus. When compared to White Americans: African Americans are 34% more likely to have Diabetes Mellitus Hispanics are 86% more likely to have Diabetes...

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