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Could I have lactose intolerance?
- By Toni Golen, MD, Contributor, and
- Hope Ricciotti, MD, Editor in Chief, Harvard Women's Health Watch
Ask the doctors
Q. I used to have an iron stomach, but lately I feel gassy and bloated after eating foods like yogurt, cheese, and ice cream. Is this lactose intolerance?
A. It does sound like you’re dealing with lactose intolerance, which can develop at any age — yes, even after a lifetime of happily eating and drinking dairy products. When it does crop up later in life, it could just be a natural consequence of aging.
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