Lactose Intolerance - RD183

Lactose Intolerance

A Common Malady in the Population

by Steven S. Bhimji, MD, PhD and Dale Ames Kline, MS, RD, LD
(4.6 / 50 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Dietetics/Nutrition (1.00 CPEU)

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.
Dietitians: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at or If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
Relias LLC, is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Continuing Professional Education Provider Accreditation does not constitute endorsement by CDR of a provider, program or materials. This is a level 1 course with suggested CDR learning codes of 3000, 3005, 4000, 4040 and perforamnce indicators 8.1.1, 8.1.5, 8.3.7, 10.4.4. 
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (provider # FBN 50-1489).

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. Relias LLC 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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bridget w - camden, OH  ·  Jul 08, 2019
Didn't really know just how many people this effects and some grow out of it. Really eye opening. Thank you
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Lindsay B - Hamilton, OH  ·  May 10, 2019
Good learning course
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Kelly H - Okeana, OH  ·  Jan 04, 2019
Really good information about lactose intolerance problems.
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Madhuri R - Frisco, TX  ·  Jan 04, 2019
It was basic course. Could go into details.
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Elisabeth J - Baltimore, MD  ·  Oct 26, 2018
An easy to follow along read
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Price: $20.00
CE-PRO Price: $10.00