Originally Posted by ut0pia
Hmm I am sure it's possible that I have northern european discent, but even in Eastern Europe where the population is so homogenous ethnically and racially (well by that I mean 99.9% percent caucasian) I am sure it is less prevalent and symptoms are so mild that we don't even think of it, compared to the US where we have a good portion of asians and african americans who are 70-100% lactose intolerant and you hear so many times when you offer someone milk "no thanks i'm lactose intolerant" lol
Could be - though I'm mostly of Northern European descent and if I really think about it I can recall various family members eating little if any dairy. No one mentioned being bothered by it until I asked. My dad gets heartburn/cramping, my grandmother did, too. I think my mother mumbled something about gas but didn't want to discuss it.
A good break down of my symptoms:
Can't drink a glass of regular milk.
Can have foods with lactose in them, but it's like russian roulette, amount and if I've had anything else to eat before affects the degree I will be bothered.
Can have milk and cookies - can't drink the milk.
Can have cereal with milk - can't drink the milk and I can't eat it for breakfast or I'll vomit.
Small amounts of ice cream after a meal are fine.
Small amounts of cheese is fine. Aged cheeses do nothing.
Lots of people could ignore those type of symptoms or mostly avoid them by eating other things when consuming dairy. One way to "test" yourself is to avoid dairy for several days then drink a quart of milk on an empty stomach.