The effect of lactose intolerance

Lactose intolerance has been linked to many physical symptoms. For many people, it may be the insidious and almost un-noticed lethargy or weight gain. Others suffer from crippling migraines and “autoimmune” type symptoms that can adversely affect your lifestyle.

Some research has linked dairy to prostate cancer, breast cancer, type 1 and type 2 diabetes, obesity, high cholesterol, and heart disease.

Dairy and dairy products are completely safe for most people, but for others, it can be a silent (or not so silent) destroyer of a quality lifestyle.

It might be worth checking out to see if a dairy-free or dairy-limited diet improves your quality of life. By limiting your Dairy intake for a short time, there may be no reaction, or no change, and you can go back to your normal diet. On the other hand, if your migraines disappear, your cholesterol drops, your blood pressure stablises, your energy increases, your body seems lighter, your stomach calms down, and if you just FEEL BETTER, that might be telling you something.

Have you considered going Dairy-Free?

I thought that it was just one of those fads that seemed to be popular and typical of what New-Age, Natural therapies gurus were promoting.

That is until a couple of health issues that had been lurking in my background started to surface. That’s when going Dairy-Free (and gluten-free) was suggested to me. Taking the, “Well it’s worth a try approach” I decided to remove Dairy and Gluten from my diet.

The effect was almost immediate. The excess weight came off without effort, my blood pressure (which was being slightly improved by medication) fell to, and maintained a good level and I had a general sense of feeling better.

After a time, when I reintroduced some small amounts of Dairy, I began to feel small amounts of abdominal discomfort. Apparently over the years I had been experiencing this discomfort, but did not recognize that it was potentially the result of a small degree of lactose intolerance. Now, after a short period of not having that discomfort, I notice that soon after eating or drinking dairy products it returns. That discomfort is not debilitating, but it is noticeable, and I suspect a result of lactose intolerance.

Lactose intolerance is not something that everyone has to live with, but if going dairy-free for a short time indicates that it may be affecting you then it is worth having it checked out.

Before making any substantial changes to your diet it is advised that you consult with your trusted health professional.

Neville Dinning is a researcher and educator with an interest in Lactose Intolerance. For more great lactose free information, visit and download the free report at