Lactose Intolerance Clinical Research
Between 30 to 50 million people in the United States suffer from a digestive disorder known as lactose intolerance. It is an issue that that can cause extreme discomfort from consuming milk or milk based products. As a condition that affects a large portion of the population, clinical research on lactose intolerance is essential in finding new ways to help people with this disorder live more comfortably.
Here at Avail, we are conducting clinical trials to help give people with lactose intolerance a better quality of life. Our research team is working to improve available medications for this condition by conducting lactose intolerance clinical research in DeLand, Florida.
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It is a common misconception that lactose intolerance is the same as a milk allergy. In fact they are quite different:
- Most commonly begins in adulthood.
- Is not a life threatening condition.
- Is a digestive disorder.
- Often begin during infancy.
- If severe enough can have potentially fatal reactions.
- Is an immune system reaction to milk proteins in the body.
What is Lactose Intolerance?
Lactose intolerance is a digestive disorder that occurs when the small intestine does not produce enough lactase to properly digest lactose. Lactase is an enzyme produced by the small intestine, responsible for digesting lactose, a sugar primarily found in milk and milk based product.
If the small intestine is unable to digest all of the lactose in the body, the undigested lactose moves on to the colon. Once in the colon, bacteria will begin to break down the lactose. This process creates fluid and gas causing you to experience distress.
What Causes Lactose Intolerance?
Lactose intolerance can have several different causes. Some may begin to lose their ability to digest lactose effectively shortly after weaning and become lactose intolerant while they are still children. Others may grow to adolescence or even adulthood before first experiencing symptoms of lactose intolerance.
Some people may become lactose intolerant temporarily. Problems such as infection and disease can impair the small intestine’s ability to break down lactose. Until your small intestine has fully recovered from the problem you may experience symptoms of lactose intolerance.
In rare cases, infants can be born with an extreme form of lactose intolerance. With this condition the small intestine has little or no ability to produce the lactase enzyme needed to break down lactose. Other infants may be lactose intolerant for a short time after birth when born prematurely.
Some people can be more perceptible to lactose intolerance than others. It has been shown that your ethnicity can be a factor in the becoming lactose intolerant. In the United States around 75% of African Americans and Native Americans experience some degree of lactose intolerance, while a staggering 90% of Asian Americans experience symptoms. On the other hand, only 20% of caucasians suffer from the condition.
Managing Lactose Intolerance Symptoms
People who suffer from lactose intolerance can experience a few of the following symptoms:
- Belly Aches
Typically individuals will begin to experience symptoms 30 minutes to 2 hours after consuming milk or milk based products, but don’t worry there are ways to manage and prevent these uncomfortable symptoms.
Lactose intolerance can have different effects from person to person. Some people are capable of consuming more lactose than others before experiencing any symptoms. In other cases, people with lactose intolerance are able to enjoy certain milk based products without experiencing any discomfort, but other products may cause symptoms to occur.
You can still enjoy some of your favorite lactose products by managing your consumption of lactose throughout the day. Clinical research has shown that taking in smaller doses of lactose over the span of the day can help people digest lactose without having discomfort.
For most it is not necessary to avoid all products containing lactose, but some people with severe lactose intolerance may need to avoid lactose altogether. People who need to avoid lactose completely may need to consider other methods of getting enough calcium and vitamin D during the day to maintain healthy bones.
Other methods of getting calcium and vitamin D may include using lactose-free or lactose-reduced products, using supplements, or consuming non-lactose foods such as:
- Broccoli, Sprouts, or other leafy greens
- Soy Milk
- Fruit Juices
If you have lactose intolerance or have children with lactose intolerance it is important to consult your doctor on creating a dietary plan that works for you. It may also be important to ask your doctor if any of your medications contain lactose, as some prescription and over-the-counter medicine can contain lactose.
Lactose Intolerance Clinical Research Trials in DeLand, Florida
Would you like to volunteer for a lactose intolerance clinical trial? Our research team is looking for real life superheroes like you!
We’re available to answer your questions and get you enrolled in one of our studies. Anyone who is unfamiliar with the clinical research process should spend some time in our participant resource section.
Qualified participants can receive compensation for their time and necessary travel. They’ll also receive the following free of charge:
- Physical examinations
- Laboratory services
- Study related medication
Our team is conducting clinical trials for a wide range of medical conditions here in DeLand. This means that we likely have an enrolling study that you can qualify for, even if you are not lactose intolerant. If you are interested in helping us advance modern medicine and save more lives, please give us a call today at (386) 785-2400.