The American Journal of Digestive Diseases

, Volume 16, Issue 3, pp 203–206 | Cite as

Lactose tolerance in an Arab population

  • Tuvia Gilat
  • Enny Gelman Malachi
  • S. B. Shochet


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

Authors and Affiliations

  • Tuvia Gilat
    • 1
    • 2
  • Enny Gelman Malachi
    • 1
    • 2
  • S. B. Shochet
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.From the Gastrointestinal UnitIchilov Hospital, Tel-AvivIsrael
  2. 2.the Government Health CenterTira, The Little TriangleIsrael

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