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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Will I have lactose intolerance for the rest of my life?

    I am 18 years old with lactose intolerance. Will I have lactose intolerance for the rest of my life?
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  • I am Accredited Practising Dietitian with a passion for helping people who suffer from food intolerance. I have 25 years of experience in this area … View Profile

    Unless your lactose intolerance is a result of an acute gastointestinal infection, it is likely that the lactose intolerance will be lifelong.

  • Melissa Adamski

    Dietitian, Nutritionist

    I am an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) and Accredited Nutritionist (AN) with a passion for food and good nutrition. I also have my own private … View Profile

    Adding onto what Linda mentioned- Secondary lactose intolerance is the name for lactose intolerance which occurs when there has been an injury or severe inflammation of the gut. This injury to the gut may be from a severe infection or trauma to the gut which temporarily stops producing lactase as it heals.

    The gut usually heals after a period of time and is then able to produce lactase again which means you can digest lactose.

    It important to consult a healthcare professional to understand more about what the cause of lactose intolerance may be.

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