Lactose Intolerance: A Self-fulfilling Prophecy Leading to Osteoporosis?

  • This review was prepared by Dennis Savaiano, Ph.D., Purdue University, Stone Hall Room 110, 700 W. State Street, West Lafayette, IN, 47907-2059, USA.


Symptoms of lactose intolerance are unlikely to occur under usual dietary conditions. Yet, self-described “lactose-intolerant” individuals often restrict dairy and calcium intake. A new study suggests that such individuals have reduced peak bone mass and increased incidence of osteopenia, and are at greater risk of osteoporosis and bone fractures.