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Mic: How aging can affect what you eat and drink

UC digestive diseases expert discusses aging and its impact on food allergies and intolerance

Mic journalist Tiffany Onyejiaka examined how our digestive systems along with our bodies evolve each year affecting our diet. Digestive conditions like acid reflux, constipation, and lactose intolerance can become much more common as we go through adulthood. Onyejiaka spoke with Loren Brook, MD, assistant professor in the UC College of Medicine Division of Digestive Diseases about how our tolerance to certain foods changes over time.

Loren Brook, MD

Loren Brook, MD

Some differences naturally happen as we leave our teenage years behind while others happen not directly because of aging, but because of lifestyle and environmental changes we inevitably experience. “Food allergies or intolerances that we had when we’re younger may actually go away as we age,” explains Brook, also a UC Health gastroenterologist. “If you had an allergy as a kid and want to know if it's still present, consult with a doctor to find out — DIY “tests” are not the best move.”

Read more about aging and diet at Mic