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Cystic fibrosis (CF) can affect the pancreas which produces enzymes and fluids to help you digest food. This can cause a number of digestive problems from poor absorption of food and nutrients to gas and constipation and blockage in the digestive tract.
The digestive complications of CF can delay weight gain and growth in children, cause weight loss, and may lead to malnutrition in patients of all ages if not treated properly. Malnutrition can also affect lung health. Adequate weight gain and growth in children, as well as maintaining proper body weight is crucial for lung health. Good nutrition is essential to keeping you or your child healthy and preventing complications.
People with CF require more calories than others because food and nutrients are not digested and absorbed normally. It is very important for anyone with CF to eat a well-balanced diet that includes adequate protein, fat and carbohydrates.
Your dietitian will share ways to increase calories, protein and fat in the diet to meet your nutrition needs. Your CF dietitian will work with your care team to prescribe pancreatic enzymes to digest your food if you require them. One or more of the following may also be recommended for you or your child:
- High-calorie supplements or shakes containing additional nutrients to increase calories
- Extra fluids and salt during times of hot weather or high activity to replace salt lost in sweat and prevent dehydration
- Nutritional support in the form of tube feeding or IV nutrition
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Your CF dietitian and nutritional therapy are integral parts of your CF care.