Lactose Intolerance - CHES183

Lactose Intolerance

A Common Malady in the Population

by Steven S. Bhimji, MD, PhD and Dale Ames Kline, MS, RD, LD
(4.6 / 13 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Health Education (1.00 CECH)

Price: $20.00
CE-PRO Price: $10.00


Lactose intolerance is not a rare disorder. In the last few decades, more people seem to have been diagnosed with this disorder than ever before. It is not known if this is due to improvement in diagnosis or a true increase in prevalence. Although this disorder is usually not dangerous, it can lead to annoying and distressing symptoms that often result in multiple visits to healthcare professionals. Lactose is normally broken down into galactose and glucose by the enzyme lactase; patients with lactose intolerance typically have low or absent lactase levels. When a patient is diagnosed with lactose intolerance, the first step in treatment is to eliminate milk and other dairy products from the diet. In most cases, this simple measure will relieve the symptoms.


The goal of this continuing education program is to provide pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, athletic trainers, dietitians, dietary managers, school nutritionists, fitness professionals, health educators, and laboratory professionals with accurate information about the epidemiology, presentation and management of lactose intolerance. After studying the material presented here, you will be able to:
  • Discuss the epidemiology and pathophysiology of lactose intolerance
  • Describe the symptoms and workup of a patient with lactose intolerance
  • Explain the management of a patient with lactose intolerance

Approval Information
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, athletic trainers, dietitians, fitness professionals, health educators, and laboratory professionals.
Health educators: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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Sponsored by OnCourse Learning, a Relias LLC company, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1.0 total Category I continuing education contact hours.
Provider ID: CA0084.

Course Originally Released on: 6/12/2014
Date of Most Recent Review: 8/26/2014
Course Termination/Update Date: 9/30/2019

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

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

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Mary F - levittown, PA  ·  Apr 17, 2019
The course is very helpful for all healthcare professionals.
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Kristie J - WINNIE, TX  ·  Sep 07, 2018
This course was very information and answered many of the questions I had related to lactose intolerance.
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VALERIE P - BELMORE, NY  ·  May 04, 2016
It was a very thorough course, and included medical information and theory.
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Noella F - Burlington, NJ  ·  Apr 10, 2015
The course was Straight forward and informative.
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Gabriella G - Anaheim, CA  ·  Sep 05, 2014
It was easy to follow, just the right information.
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Price: $20.00
CE-PRO Price: $10.00