The American Journal of Digestive Diseases

, Volume 16, Issue 3, pp 203–206

Lactose tolerance in an Arab population

Authors

  • Tuvia Gilat
    • From the Gastrointestinal UnitIchilov Hospital, Tel-Aviv
    • the Government Health CenterTira, The Little Triangle
  • Enny Gelman Malachi
    • From the Gastrointestinal UnitIchilov Hospital, Tel-Aviv
    • the Government Health CenterTira, The Little Triangle
  • S. B. Shochet
    • From the Gastrointestinal UnitIchilov Hospital, Tel-Aviv
    • the Government Health CenterTira, The Little Triangle
Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF02235240

Cite this article as:
Gilat, T., Malachi, E.G. & Shochet, S.B. Digest Dis Sci (1971) 16: 203. doi:10.1007/BF02235240

Abstract

Lactose tolerance tests were performed on 67 adult Arab villagers. Fifty-four (80.6%) had a low rise in glucose and most had symptoms during the test. Lactose tolerance was not related to age or sex and did not correlate with milk consumption. A high incidence of adult lactose intolerance has been found in all Mediterranean groups studied to date—Greek Cypriots, Jews, and now Arabs.

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© Hoeber Medical Division • Harper & Row, Publishers, Incorporated 1971