Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis is a rare inherited condition that can develop into chronic pancreatitis and is often diagnosed in childhood. This disorder causes gluey mucus to plug ducts in the pancreas, preventing digestive enzymes from entering the small intestine and breaking down food. This undigested food can cause:

  • Cramping.
  • Gas.
  • Constipation.
  • Greasy bowel movements.
  • Malnutrition.
  • Difficulty maintaining a healthy weight because of nutrient deprivation.

This backlog of enzymes in the pancreas can also cause inflammation.

Although there is no cure, cystic fibrosis can be managed by:

  • Pancreatic Enzyme Replacement Therapy – This treatment involves taking enzyme replacements before eating so nutrients can be absorbed appropriately. These enzymes must be taken before each meal and snack.
  • Quitting smoking.
  • Reducing alcohol intake.
  • Eating a low-fat diet with whole grains and plenty of fruits and vegetables.

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