Lactose Intolerance: A Common Malady in the Population - AT183

Lactose Intolerance: A Common Malady in the Population

by Brittani Zurek, PharmD
(4.5 / 40 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Athletic Training (1.00 hours)

Price: $29.00
CE-PRO Price: $14.50


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

Approval Information
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including pharmacists, athletic trainers, and laboratory professionals.
Athletic trainers: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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Relias LLC (formerly OnCourse Learning) is recognized by the Board of Certification, Inc. to offer continuing education for Certified Athletic Trainers (provider #P1000). This program has been approved for a maximum of 1 hour of Category A continuing education. Difficulty level: essential
OnCourse Learning is also approved by the Florida Board of Athletic Training (provider # 50-1489).

Course Originally Released on: 6/12/2014
Date of Most Recent Review: 2/13/2019
Course Termination/Update Date: 2/28/2022

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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Brielle R - Montgomery, AL  ·  Apr 06, 2020
Very informative and will help me in my clinical practice.
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Michael B - Hamlin , PA  ·  Dec 19, 2019
Good information and will make me more aware of these conditions
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Natalie D - Macedonia, OH  ·  Oct 30, 2019
The course is very informative and gave me a better understanding of what lactose intolerance is.
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Rebecca D - Peoria, IL  ·  Aug 27, 2019
It was very interesting and I learned a lot about lactose.
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Marissa B - TOLLESON , AZ  ·  Oct 19, 2018
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Price: $29.00
CE-PRO Price: $14.50