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Improved lactose digestion and intolerance among African-American adolescent girls fed a dairy-rich diet.
J Am Diet Assoc. 2000 May; 100(5):524-8; quiz 529-30.JA

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

To determine whether African-American adolescent girls who were fed a dairy-rich diet for 21 days could adapt to lactose, experiencing an overall improvement in lactose tolerance as well as a decrease in hydrogen gas production.

DESIGN

Twenty-one-day dietary intervention study.

SUBJECTS/SETTING

Seventeen of 21 African-American girls (aged 11 to 15 years) enrolled in a calcium metabolism study chose to participate in the lactose tolerance study. Subjects were screened for any diseases, conditions, or medications that might alter calcium metabolism or colonic fermentation. Subjects were housed in a fraternity on the Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind, campus, and were supervised 24 hours a day.

INTERVENTION

Subjects consumed a dairy-based diet averaging 1,200 mg calcium and 33 g lactose per day for 21 days. Lactose digestion was assessed by an 8-hour breath hydrogen test on days 1 and 21, and symptoms of intolerance (abdominal pain, bloating, flatulence, and diarrhea) were evaluated hourly on a ranked scale during the breath hydrogen tests and once each evening during the 21-day feeding period.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES

A comparison of breath hydrogen production and gastrointestinal symptoms at the beginning and end of the study.

STATISTICAL ANALYSES PERFORMED

The Wilcoxon signed ranks test was used to compare the area under the curve for the 2 breath hydrogen tests. Spearman's p test for trend was used to determine whether there was a change in symptoms. All statistical analyses were 2-tailed and significance was set at P = .05.

RESULTS

Fourteen of the 17 subjects had lactose maldigestion. Breath hydrogen excretion decreased significantly (P < .03) from the beginning (148.3 +/- 27.0 ppm x hours) to the end (100.7 +/- 19.3 ppm x hours) of the 21-day period. Gastrointestinal symptoms were negligible during both the breath hydrogen tests as were symptoms during the 21-day period.

APPLICATIONS/CONCLUSIONS

The diet was well tolerated by the subjects. Furthermore, the decrease in breath hydrogen suggests colonic adaptation to the high-lactose diet. The results indicate that lactose maldigestion should not be a restricting factor in developing adequate calcium diets for this population. The existence of lactose maldigestion does not result in lactose intolerance in this population when it is fed a dairy-rich diet.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Foods and Nutrition, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind., USA.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

10812376

Citation

Pribila, B A., et al. "Improved Lactose Digestion and Intolerance Among African-American Adolescent Girls Fed a Dairy-rich Diet." Journal of the American Dietetic Association, vol. 100, no. 5, 2000, pp. 524-8; quiz 529-30.
Pribila BA, Hertzler SR, Martin BR, et al. Improved lactose digestion and intolerance among African-American adolescent girls fed a dairy-rich diet. J Am Diet Assoc. 2000;100(5):524-8; quiz 529-30.
Pribila, B. A., Hertzler, S. R., Martin, B. R., Weaver, C. M., & Savaiano, D. A. (2000). Improved lactose digestion and intolerance among African-American adolescent girls fed a dairy-rich diet. Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 100(5), 524-8; quiz 529-30.
Pribila BA, et al. Improved Lactose Digestion and Intolerance Among African-American Adolescent Girls Fed a Dairy-rich Diet. J Am Diet Assoc. 2000;100(5):524-8; quiz 529-30. PubMed PMID: 10812376.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Improved lactose digestion and intolerance among African-American adolescent girls fed a dairy-rich diet. AU - Pribila,B A, AU - Hertzler,S R, AU - Martin,B R, AU - Weaver,C M, AU - Savaiano,D A, PY - 2000/5/17/pubmed PY - 2000/6/8/medline PY - 2000/5/17/entrez SP - 524-8; quiz 529-30 JF - Journal of the American Dietetic Association JO - J Am Diet Assoc VL - 100 IS - 5 N2 - OBJECTIVE: To determine whether African-American adolescent girls who were fed a dairy-rich diet for 21 days could adapt to lactose, experiencing an overall improvement in lactose tolerance as well as a decrease in hydrogen gas production. DESIGN: Twenty-one-day dietary intervention study. SUBJECTS/SETTING: Seventeen of 21 African-American girls (aged 11 to 15 years) enrolled in a calcium metabolism study chose to participate in the lactose tolerance study. Subjects were screened for any diseases, conditions, or medications that might alter calcium metabolism or colonic fermentation. Subjects were housed in a fraternity on the Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind, campus, and were supervised 24 hours a day. INTERVENTION: Subjects consumed a dairy-based diet averaging 1,200 mg calcium and 33 g lactose per day for 21 days. Lactose digestion was assessed by an 8-hour breath hydrogen test on days 1 and 21, and symptoms of intolerance (abdominal pain, bloating, flatulence, and diarrhea) were evaluated hourly on a ranked scale during the breath hydrogen tests and once each evening during the 21-day feeding period. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: A comparison of breath hydrogen production and gastrointestinal symptoms at the beginning and end of the study. STATISTICAL ANALYSES PERFORMED: The Wilcoxon signed ranks test was used to compare the area under the curve for the 2 breath hydrogen tests. Spearman's p test for trend was used to determine whether there was a change in symptoms. All statistical analyses were 2-tailed and significance was set at P = .05. RESULTS: Fourteen of the 17 subjects had lactose maldigestion. Breath hydrogen excretion decreased significantly (P < .03) from the beginning (148.3 +/- 27.0 ppm x hours) to the end (100.7 +/- 19.3 ppm x hours) of the 21-day period. Gastrointestinal symptoms were negligible during both the breath hydrogen tests as were symptoms during the 21-day period. APPLICATIONS/CONCLUSIONS: The diet was well tolerated by the subjects. Furthermore, the decrease in breath hydrogen suggests colonic adaptation to the high-lactose diet. The results indicate that lactose maldigestion should not be a restricting factor in developing adequate calcium diets for this population. The existence of lactose maldigestion does not result in lactose intolerance in this population when it is fed a dairy-rich diet. SN - 0002-8223 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/10812376/Improved_lactose_digestion_and_intolerance_among_African_American_adolescent_girls_fed_a_dairy_rich_diet_ DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -