Milk, it does a body good (or not)Dec 15th, 2011 | By Trey | Category: Companies, Health
23andme has a new campaign, 23 reasons to get 23andme (which is also including a $23 off discount) Now, some of the reasons I find a bit unconvincing personally. I mean, no one in my family has back hair (that I know of), I’m losing interest in knowing family genetic heritage.. finding it relatively meaningless…
I’ve discussed this before earlier this year, when we got our results back (my husband, children, in-laws, parents, siblings… etc have all done genomic scans), two results came back that surprised us but proved true. My mother-in-law and husband were likely lactose intolerant.
When I pointed that out to my mother-in-law she said “no I’m not.” But then she went on to explain that she never drinks more than a glass of milk because it gives her an upset stomach. Bingo. She learned over the decades that she was indeed lactose intolerant, and shifted behavior because of it, but just didn’t put a name to it.
Later, when I looked at my husband’s profile, sure enough “likely lactose intolerant.” His answer was the same as his mother’s, “no I’m not.” Thing was, in the 15 years I’ve known him he’s had regular stomach problems with no solution.
So, what have we learned since that last post in April?
So I tested. I do the food shopping and cooking in the house, so every time he ate dairy products I’d mark it down. Then I’d wait and watch. Sure enough, given enough dairy he’d have stomach problems with an few hours. It would take more than a small glass of milk, but it was inevitable. He loves cottage cheese.
4/30/11 8:40pm. He ate a large bowl of cottage with fruit. 11pm. stomach cramps and bowel movement problems through the night. Kept him awake
5/1/11 8:10pm. Small bowl of vanilla ice cream (perhaps 1 scoop). No discernible issues.
5/3/11 7am. Eat 2 bowls of cereal with milk. 9am, stomach aches.
5/4/11 6:34pm. 4 slices of cheese. pizza. Ouch. Bowel movement problems from 9:10pm through much of early night.
You get the picture.
He probably didn’t make the connection earlier because his mother is of Danish descent (really? Danes aren’t lactose intolerant?) and often dairy in small amounts wouldn’t do a thing, or some products (like yogurt) would have little effect. The problems seemed ‘sporadic’ but frequent. His doctors never suggested lactose intolerance. We could have done a food elimination test, but that was time consuming and very inconvenient. In hindsight we should have done the slog of eliminating foods from the diet…but you know what they say about hindsight? (Or at least the Phantom Tollbooth). He’s the
most unpleasant fellow whose eyes were in the rear and whose rear was out in front… he invariably leapt before he looked and never cared where he was going as long as he knew why he shouldn’t have gone to where he’d been.
Well, for a bit of cash and very little actual effort, we found the cause of his all too frequent stomach issues. Since then he’s been careful not to ingest too much dairy. He limits the amount of milk he drinks (no more than 6-8oz a day) and ice cream he eats (1 scoop max). I have limited the amount of dairy I use in making dinner or make substitutes. He’s switched to almond ‘milk’ for cereal.
The frequency of stomach problems has decreased drastically, his quality of life increased accordingly.
So, that discovery alone was worth knowing our genetic information.
(but since both his parents have osteoporosis, he needs to make sure he finds calcium from other sources).