Lactose Intolerance: A Common Malady in the Population - 384-183-19

Lactose Intolerance: A Common Malady in the Population

by Brittani Zurek, PharmD
(4.8 / 103 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Laboratory (1.00 Contact Hr)

Price: $10.00
CE-PRO Price: $5.00


Lactose intolerance is a frequently-experienced syndrome of gastrointestinal symptoms arising from the inability to digest lactose-containing foods. It occurs as a result of lactase deficiency, which affects two-thirds of the world’s population. Symptoms of lactose intolerance can often be confused with other GI conditions, including irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, and gluten intolerance. Treatments for these conditions are very different than those for lactose intolerance, making proper identification essential to management. Education about lactose intolerance and its management is especially important in growing children who may start to avoid dairy products that are essential to proper bone development. With appropriate education, patients with lactose intolerance can continue to enjoy cow’s milk products and receive adequate amounts of calcium and vitamin D to maintain a healthy bone mineral density.


The goal of this module is to provide a comprehensive review of lactose intolerance and appropriate methods for its identification and management. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Define lactose intolerance, lactose malabsorption, and lactase deficiency
  • Identify characteristic symptoms of lactose intolerance
  • Describe the pathogenesis of lactose intolerance
  • Recognize appropriate tests used to identify lactase deficiency and lactose intolerance
  • Identify management strategies for lactose intolerance
Level of Instruction: Basic

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including pharmacists, athletic trainers, and laboratory professionals.
Laboratory professionals: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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Relias LLC is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) Professional Acknowledgment for Continuing Education (P.A.C.E.®) Program (provider #384).
384-183-19 "Lactose Intolerance: A Common Malady in the Population" is approved 06/06/2019 to 06/30/2021.
OnCourse Learning is also approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel (provider # 50-1489).

Course Originally Released on: 6/12/2014
Date of Most Recent Review: 2/13/2019
Course Termination/Update Date: 2/13/2022

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

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Dina N - Alameda, CA  ·  Nov 21, 2019
A lot of people that I know tent to self diagnose lactose intolerance so this was interesting to read about.
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Stephanie B - Tucson , AZ  ·  Nov 20, 2019
If I had to tell my friends and or colleagues about this course, I would tell them that it's good training
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Pedrito D - commerce, CA  ·  Nov 12, 2019
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Noi H - san jose, CA  ·  Nov 10, 2019
valuable information about lactose intolerance
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Liliana B - Vacaville, CA  ·  Nov 10, 2019
Very informative and by acquiring a more understanding between lactose intolerance and GI disease people could be able to consume some dairy
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Price: $10.00
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