Myanmar Health Sciences Research Journal
Volume 12, Number 1-3
TITLE: Low Prevalence of lactose malabsorption and lactose intolerance in Myanmar top athletes.
AUTHOR: Ye Tint Lwin; Myo Khin; Tin Oo; Ni Win; Than Than Lwin; San Kun; Mi Mi Nwe; Soe Min Thein; Tin Nu Swe; Hla Pe
SOURCE: Myanmar Health Sciences Research Journal. 2000; 12(1-3): 48-51
ABSTRACT: Good nutrition is essential for success in athletes. Although milk is an easily available good source of nutrition, abdominal discomfort and diarrhoea due to milk and milk products in lactose intolerant athletes can hamper their athletic performance. The present study was carried out to identify those athletes who are intolerance to lactose by using milk breath hydrogen test and advice them to refrain from taking milk and milk products during competition to avoid ill effects. Out of 324 Myanmar top athletes from various sports disciplines selected for 186 SEA Games (Thailand, 1995) who were subjected to milk breath hydrogen test, 15 (4.63%) were found to be lactose intolerance and 81 (25%) turned out to be lactose malabsorbers. Lactose malabsorptions in Myanmar adults have been reported to be as high as 93%. The present study reveals a much lower prevalence of lactose malabsorption among athletic population in Myanmar.
SUBJECT HEADINGS: Lactose Intolerance. Sports.