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Cystic Fibrosis

Healthy Diet Tips for Cystic Fibrosis

Tue, 12/29/2015 - 15:32 -- IV Solutions

One of the cornerstones of a healthy life is good nutrition. Many people with CF have exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI), meaning it’s difficult for your pancreas to make enzymes (chemicals that break down food). Your body needs those enzymes to absorb calories, vitamins, and minerals from food.

This makes it hard for you to digest your food or stay at a healthy weight. Once you know what you should be eating, you can help control how good you feel.

Cystic Fibrosis & Bone Disease Complications

Tue, 12/29/2015 - 15:06 -- IV Solutions

One possible complication of cystic fibrosis is bone disease. The digestive problems of CF cause malabsorption, meaning your body can’t take in the vitamins and minerals it needs from food.

This leads to malnutrition, where your body doesn’t have the nutrients it needs to work and stay healthy. If your body doesn’t get the resources it needs to build and maintain healthy bones, the result is bone disease.

Cystic Fibrosis Sweat Gland Symptoms

Tue, 12/29/2015 - 09:39 -- IV Solutions

Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease that affects the way the body produces sweat, digestive fluids, and mucus. The main symptoms of CF are problems with the lungs, sweat glands, and digestive system. Today we will focus on the sweat glands.

When you have CF, extra salt escapes the body through your sweat. This can cause problems like nausea, stomach and muscle pain, exhaustion, and dehydration. Understanding the reasons for these problems can help you treat or avoid them.

Cystic Fibrosis with Chronic Sinus & Lung Infections

Tue, 12/29/2015 - 09:29 -- IV Solutions

People with cystic fibrosis have trouble fighting off germs and bacteria. Bacteria that won’t affect most people can make a person with CF very sick. People with CF must be more careful to avoid illnesses and fight harder to get rid of them.

Everyone has microorganisms, or tiny living things, living in their mouth and throat, but healthy lungs are sealed off. The mucus that builds up in the lungs of a person with CF cannot keep out harmful microorganisms. And once something unhealthy gets into the lung, it is harder to get it out.

Cystic Fibrosis and Digestive System Symptoms

Mon, 12/28/2015 - 15:24 -- IV Solutions

Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease that affects the way the body produces sweat, digestive fluids, and mucus. The main symptoms of CF are problems with the lungs, sweat glands, and digestive system. Today we will focus on the digestive system.

In the digestive system, cystic fibrosis causes a number of problems, such as malnutrition, bowel obstruction, greasy stools, and liver disease. Other issues can develop, like gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and cystic fibrosis-related diabetes (CFRD).

What to expect if your child has Cystic Fibrosis

Mon, 12/28/2015 - 15:14 -- IV Solutions

Children with cystic fibrosis face special challenges, and so do their parents. As a parent, it’s important for you to know what’s ahead. You and your child with CF can work together to help them grow and learn healthy habits for the future.

Whether your child was just diagnosed with CF or if you’ve been at this a while, there is always more for you to learn about helping your child live a satisfying, active life.

For Parents: 10 Tips for Children with Cystic Fibrosis at School

Mon, 12/28/2015 - 14:44 -- IV Solutions

If you’re a parent of a child with cystic fibrosis, you understand the challenges of living with CF. Many children with CF attend school and are successful students, but there are times it will be tough. Here are 10 tips to help along the way.

These tips focus on attending elementary school with CF, but many of them will apply to older students.

Average Day for Adults with Cystic Fibrosis

Mon, 12/28/2015 - 14:34 -- IV Solutions

Adults with cystic fibrosis are just like everyone else; they have jobs, hobbies, friends, and families. But they a genetic disease they need to manage. If you have CF, then your diet, exercise, and treatment are an important part of life. Here’s an opportunity to look at what it means to eat right, stay active, and keep disciplined about taking your medication in a typical day.


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