Lactose Intolerance: A Common Malady in the Population
by Instructor: Brittani Zurek, PharmD; Instructor: Julie Stefanski, MEd, RDN, CSSD, LDN, CDCES, FAND
Credentialed for: Nutrition/Dietitian CEU | ContinuingEducation.com

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Course Overview

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. The hydrogen breath test is the gold standard for identifying lactose intolerance. It can identify lactose malabsorption and assess for the presence of symptoms to determine if an individual has lactose intolerance. Patients with lactose intolerance can often find relief from symptoms by altering their diet to reduce lactose consumption. It is usually not necessary for these patients to eliminate lactose entirely from their diets, but rather to find a comfortable limit of lactose that they can consume in one sitting without experiencing symptoms. 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.

About the Course Author

Brittani Zurek, PharmD, is a pharmacist and medical writer who graduated from the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy. Brittani Zurek, PharmD has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.

Julie Stefanski, MEd, RDN, CSSD, LDN, CDCES, FAND is a SME Writer focused on topics related to food, nutrition & dietetics for Relias. She is a registered dietitian nutritionist and has been a certified diabetes educator since 2003. Ms. Stefanski earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics and a master's degree in Adult Education with a special focus on distance learning. She was an adjunct instructor in the Stabler Department of Nursing at York College of Pennsylvania for 13 years. Stefanski is the owner of Stefanski Nutrition Services where she specializes in pediatric nutrition, diabetes, gastrointestinal issues and sports nutrition. Stefanski serves as national media spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics.

Julie Stefanski, MEd, RDN, CSSD, LDN, CDCES, FAND has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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Certificates provided by accrediting body (3 Match)

  • Commission on Dietetic Registration

    1.00HOURS

    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. CDR Credentialed Practitioners will receive 1.0 Continuing Professional Education units (CPEUs) for completion of this activity/material.

    Activity Number: 116296 Learning Need Code(s): 3000, 3005, 4000, 4040 CPE Level: Level I

    Dietitians/nutritionists may submit activity evaluations directly to CDR; QualityCPE@eatright.org, or mail to: Commission on Dietetic Registration, Attn: Accredited Provider Unit, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995.

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    1.00HOURS

    Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition accepts medical errors courses approved by any Board within the Division of Medical Quality Assurance of the Florida Department of Health. Relias Learning, LLC is an approved provider of continuing education in nursing by the Florida Department of Health, Board of Nursing, provider # 50-290. This course is approved for 1.0 contact hours.
  • Certified Health Education Specialist

    1.00HOURS

    Sponsored by Relias LLC, 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.


Course Details

  • Course Code:

    REL-ACU-0-RD183
  • Hours:

    1.00
  • Type:

    Online Course
  • Release Date:

    2019-12-01
  • Expiration Date:

    2022-10-13
  • Learning Objectives:

    Define lactose intolerance, lactose malabsorption, and lactase deficiency.; Describe the pathogenesis of lactose intolerance.; Identify characteristic symptoms of lactose intolerance.; Identify management strategies for lactose intolerance.; Recognize appropriate tests used to identify lactase deficiency and lactose intolerance.
  • Target Audience:

    The target audience for this course is: Dietitians; Health Educators; in the following settings: Acute Care Facility.
  • Course Delivery Method and Format:

    Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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    To earn continuing education credit for this course you must achieve a passing score of 80% on the post-test and complete the course evaluation.
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  • Disclosures:

    Expert Reviewers, Instructors, and Staff Writers disclosures will be listed above after the individuals' biographical paragraph. All other members involved within the planning of this educational activity have declared no conflict of interest exists when planning and developing this course.
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