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Lactose Intolerance Clinical Research

Learn about Achieve's Lactose Intolerance Clinical Trials

girl suffers from lactose intolerance symptomsIn the United states a significantly large number of people are afflicted with lactose intolerance. This condition is estimated to affect between 30 to 50 million Americans. People living with lactose intolerance typically experience extreme digestive discomfort after ingesting milk based products.

Living with lactose intolerance? Click here to find out more about the benefits of participating in a lactose intolerance clinical trial.

Clinical research on lactose intolerance can help millions of people suffering from this disorder live a better life and even enjoy dairy products without discomfort. Achieve Clinical Research is conducting clinical trials to advance treatment options and improve available medicines for lactose intolerance in Birmingham, Alabama.

Lactose intolerance is often confused with a milk allergy, but the two are very different conditions:

Milk Allergies

  • If severe enough can have potentially fatal reactions.
  • Is an immune system reaction to milk proteins in the body.
  • Often begin during infancy.

Lactose intolerance

  • Is not a life threatening condition.
  • Is a digestive disorder.
  • Most commonly begins in adulthood.

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.

Causes of Lactose Intolerance

There are a wide array of causes and severity of symptoms to lactose intolerance. In premature births, occasionally infants become lactose intolerant for a short period time. Some babies can be afflicted with an extreme form of lactose intolerance in rare instances. The small intestine produces little to no lactase enzymes necessary for breaking down lactose.

Most people will grow to adolescence or adulthood before developing lactose intolerance. However, in some cases lactose intolerance can develop during childhood when the ability to digest lactose effectively is lost after weaning.

Ethnicity can play a role in your susceptibility to lactose intolerance. Around 90% of Asian Americans, and 75% of African Americans and Native Americans suffer from some degree of lactose intolerance in the United States. However, only 20% of Caucasians experience symptoms.

Lactose intolerance can also be a temporary symptom caused by an infection or disease that is impairing the small intestine’s ability to break down lactose. In these cases, lactose intolerance symptoms are typically felt until the small intestine is able to heal properly.

Managing Lactose Intolerance Symptoms

symptoms of lactose intolerance

Common symptoms of lactose intolerance include:

  • Bloating
  • Diarrhea
  • Belly Aches
  • Gas
  • Nausea

Not all people experience the same severity of symptoms from lactose intolerance. For some, certain milk based products may not cause any agitation, while other products containing lactose bring on symptoms of lactose intolerance. The level of lactose that can be safely consumed can also vary from person to person.

It will usually take between half an hour to 2 hours for symptoms to be felt after products containing lactose are consumed. The good news is that there are methods for preventing and managing these uncomfortable symptoms.

One of the safest and most effective ways to manage symptoms of lactose intolerance is by consuming small portions of lactose throughout the day. This method of management will help the body digest lactose without discomfort or pain and allow you to enjoy those tasty dairy products you’ve been craving.

Unfortunately not all people with lactose intolerance can consume products with lactose even in small doses. For some it is necessary to avoid lactose all together. It is important to look for other ways to get the recommended daily levels of vitamin D and calcium if you are not able to consume any lactose such as non-lactose foods or supplements.

There are many non-lactose foods that contain good amounts of vitamin D and Calcium such as:

  • Broccoli, Sprouts, or other leafy greens
  • Tofu
  • Almonds
  • Oranges
  • Fruit Juices
  • Soy Milk

Consult with your doctor to develop a dietary plan for managing your lactose intolerance suitable to you. Be sure to ask your doctor if any of your medications contain lactose, as some medications are known to contain lactose.

Lactose Intolerance Clinical Trials in Birmingham, AL

Would you like to participate in a lactose intolerance clinical trial?

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.

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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 Birmingham. 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 (205) 757-8208.