If you have cystic fibrosis, you have sticky mucus in your digestive system. You need to take enzymes to digest food and medications to stay regular. Doing this will help you grow, maintain your weight and fight lung infections.
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.
Taking the right medications not only helps you meet your nutrition goals but also it prevents you from harming your health.
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 cystic fibrosis need to take enzymes before they eat.
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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 cystic fibrosis care team is there to help you.
Contact a dedicated CF Foundation Compass case manager:
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