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The Digestive Tract

If you have cystic fibrosis, you have to pay more attention than most people to what you eat because sticky mucus in the pancreas interferes with the proper digestion of your food and causes blockages in the intestines.

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    Use the Right Gastrointestinal Medications

    Taking the right medications not only helps you meet your nutrition goals but also it prevents you from harming your health.

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    Just as the lungs produce thick, sticky mucus, the pancreas also makes thick mucus that blocks the release of enzymes needed for digestion. Most people with CF need to take enzymes before they eat.

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    Your CF Care Team: Your Partners in Nutrition

    Managing your daily life so that you don't miss your treatments while also taking in enough calories to maintain a healthy weight is not easy. You're not expected to do it alone. Your CF care team is there to help you.

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    NACFC 2020: GI Manifestations in Cystic Fibrosis

    Cystic fibrosis affects more than just the lungs -- for many people with CF, it can affect the gastrointestinal tract, too. Understand how the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) affects the GI system in this animated tour of the GI tract.

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    NACFC 2020 Plenary 3: Advancing the GI Frontier for People With CF

    Dr. Steven Freedman walks us through the gastrointestinal aspects of CF, focusing on intestinal, liver and pancreatic disease and the exciting new directions in GI as part of specialized CF care. Research initiatives and advances in developing a GI workforce through the CF Foundation's DIGEST program will be highlighted.

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    Phthalates (pronounced “THA-lates”) are a group of chemicals used in many products, including drugs, medical supplies, toys, vinyl flooring, wall covering, detergents, lubricating oils, food packaging, cosmetics, and personal care products like soaps and shampoos.

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