Statistics by Country for Lactose Intolerance


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About these extrapolations of prevalence and incidence statistics for Lactose Intolerance: These statistics are calculated extrapolations of various prevalence or incidence rates against the populations of a particular country or region. The statistics used for prevalence/incidence of Lactose Intolerance are typically based on US, UK, Canadian or Australian statistics. This extrapolation calculation is automated and does not take into account any genetic, cultural, environmental, social, racial or other differences across the various countries and regions for which the extrapolated Lactose Intolerance statistics below refer to. As such, these extrapolations may be highly inaccurate (especially for developing or third-world countries) and only give a general indication (or even a meaningless indication) as to the actual prevalence or incidence of Lactose Intolerance in that region.

About prevalence and incidence statistics in general for Lactose Intolerance: The word 'prevalence' of Lactose Intolerance usually means the estimated population of people who are managing Lactose Intolerance at any given time (i.e. people with Lactose Intolerance). The term 'incidence' of Lactose Intolerance means the annual diagnosis rate, or the number of new cases of Lactose Intolerance diagnosed each year (i.e. getting Lactose Intolerance). Hence, these two statistics types can differ: a short disease like flu can have high annual incidence but low prevalence, but a life-long disease like diabetes has a low annual incidence but high prevalence. For more information see about prevalence and incidence statistics.



Prevalance of Lactose Intolerance: 30 million people to 50 million people (NIDDK 1994); about 25% of population (1994/NIDDK)
Prevalance Rate for Lactose Intolerance: approx 1 in 9 or 11.03% or 30 million people in USA [about data]
Extrapolation of Prevalence Rate of Lactose Intolerance to Countries and Regions: The following table attempts to extrapolate the above prevalence rate for Lactose Intolerance to the populations of various countries and regions. As discussed above, these prevalence extrapolations for Lactose Intolerance are only estimates and may have limited relevance to the actual prevalence of Lactose Intolerance in any region:

Country/Region Extrapolated Prevalence Population Estimated Used
Lactose Intolerance in North America (Extrapolated Statistics)
USA 32,388,462 293,655,4051
Canada 3,585,427 32,507,8742
Lactose Intolerance in Europe (Extrapolated Statistics)
Austria 901,628 8,174,7622
Belgium 1,141,353 10,348,2762
Britain (United Kingdom) 6,647,504 60,270,708 for UK2
Czech Republic 137,446 1,0246,1782
Denmark 597,065 5,413,3922
Finland 575,129 5,214,5122
France 6,664,434 60,424,2132
Greece 1,174,359 10,647,5292
Germany 9,090,949 82,424,6092
Iceland 32,422 293,9662
Hungary 1,106,511 10,032,3752
Liechtenstein 3,687 33,4362
Ireland 437,818 3,969,5582
Italy 6,403,397 58,057,4772
Luxembourg 51,031 462,6902
Monaco 3,559 32,2702
Netherlands (Holland) 1,799,801 16,318,1992
Poland 4,260,258 38,626,3492
Portugal 1,160,751 10,524,1452
Spain 4,442,732 40,280,7802
Sweden 991,147 8,986,4002
Switzerland 821,786 7,450,8672
United Kingdom 6,647,504 60,270,7082
Wales 321,838 2,918,0002
Lactose Intolerance in the Balkans (Extrapolated Statistics)
Albania 390,971 3,544,8082
Bosnia and Herzegovina 44,956 407,6082
Croatia 495,978 4,496,8692
Macedonia 225,009 2,040,0852
Serbia and Montenegro 1,194,033 10,825,9002
Lactose Intolerance in Asia (Extrapolated Statistics)
Bangladesh 15,589,022 141,340,4762
Bhutan 241,055 2,185,5692
China 143,255,246 1,298,847,6242
East Timor 112,417 1,019,2522
Hong Kong s.a.r. 756,079 6,855,1252
India 117,471,018 1,065,070,6072
Indonesia 26,299,956 238,452,9522
Japan 14,044,080 127,333,0022
Laos 669,277 6,068,1172
Macau s.a.r. 49,112 445,2862
Malaysia 2,594,391 23,522,4822
Mongolia 303,453 2,751,3142
Philippines 9,511,951 86,241,6972
Papua New Guinea 597,824 5,420,2802
Vietnam 9,117,220 82,662,8002
Singapore 480,208 4,353,8932
Pakistan 17,558,418 159,196,3362
North Korea 2,503,406 22,697,5532
South Korea 5,319,899 48,233,7602
Sri Lanka 2,195,422 19,905,1652
Taiwan 2,509,173 22,749,8382
Thailand 7,154,285 64,865,5232
Lactose Intolerance in Eastern Europe (Extrapolated Statistics)
Azerbaijan 867,836 7,868,3852
Belarus 1,137,189 10,310,5202
Bulgaria 829,188 7,517,9732
Estonia 147,977 1,341,6642
Georgia 517,708 4,693,8922
Kazakhstan 1,670,261 15,143,7042
Latvia 254,371 2,306,3062
Lithuania 397,930 3,607,8992
Romania 2,465,685 22,355,5512
Russia 15,879,491 143,974,0592
Slovakia 598,187 5,423,5672
Slovenia 221,853 2,011,473 2
Tajikistan 773,333 7,011,556 2
Ukraine 5,264,567 47,732,0792
Uzbekistan 2,912,913 26,410,4162
Lactose Intolerance in Australasia and Southern Pacific (Extrapolated Statistics)
Australia 2,196,302 19,913,1442
New Zealand 440,494 3,993,8172
Lactose Intolerance in the Middle East (Extrapolated Statistics)
Afghanistan 3,144,890 28,513,6772
Egypt 8,395,303 76,117,4212
Gaza strip 146,138 1,324,9912
Iran 7,445,206 67,503,2052
Iraq 2,798,679 25,374,6912
Israel 683,714 6,199,0082
Jordan 618,882 5,611,2022
Kuwait 248,994 2,257,5492
Lebanon 416,604 3,777,2182
Libya 621,130 5,631,5852
Saudi Arabia 2,845,140 25,795,9382
Syria 1,987,155 18,016,8742
Turkey 7,598,593 68,893,9182
United Arab Emirates 278,372 2,523,9152
West Bank 254,912 2,311,2042
Yemen 2,208,624 20,024,8672
Lactose Intolerance in South America (Extrapolated Statistics)
Belize 30,104 272,9452
Brazil 20,305,268 184,101,1092
Chile 1,745,289 15,823,9572
Colombia 4,666,629 42,310,7752
Guatemala 1,575,065 14,280,5962
Mexico 11,576,425 104,959,5942
Nicaragua 591,149 5,359,7592
Paraguay 682,871 6,191,3682
Peru 3,037,974 27,544,3052
Puerto Rico 429,922 3,897,9602
Venezuela 2,759,270 25,017,3872
Lactose Intolerance in Africa (Extrapolated Statistics)
Angola 1,210,869 10,978,5522
Botswana 180,797 1,639,2312
Central African Republic 412,773 3,742,4822
Chad 1,052,045 9,538,5442
Congo Brazzaville 330,666 2,998,0402
Congo kinshasa 6,432,025 58,317,0302
Ethiopia 7,868,003 71,336,5712
Ghana 2,289,378 20,757,0322
Kenya 3,637,732 32,982,1092
Liberia 373,967 3,390,6352
Niger 1,253,000 11,360,5382
Nigeria 1,957,759 12,5750,3562
Rwanda 908,677 8,238,6732
Senegal 1,196,927 10,852,1472
Sierra leone 648,958 5,883,8892
Somalia 915,948 8,304,6012
Sudan 4,317,811 39,148,1622
South Africa 4,902,404 44,448,4702
Swaziland 128,960 1,169,2412
Tanzania 3,978,396 36,070,7992
Uganda 2,910,690 26,390,2582
Zambia 1,216,068 11,025,6902
Zimbabwe 404,984 1,2671,8602



Footnotes:
1. US Census Bureau, Population Estimates, 2004
2. US Census Bureau, International Data Base, 2004

Last revision: May 30, 2003

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