Cystic Fibrosis and the Need for Extra Calories

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Many cystic fibrosis patients have a pancreas deficiency which means that they are unable to produce enough digestive enzymes to extract nutrients from food. This often leads to CFers being underweight and lacking vital minerals and vitamins.

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In order to compensate, people with cystic fibrosis need to eat more calories than others. They often need to eat a diet which is higher in fat and protein as their body struggles to retain these from food. In addition, many will also need to take enzymes before meals to help them to digest their food and extract the goodness from it.

Patients will usually need to take supplements as well and in warm climates, they may need additional salt. To try and bulk up foods with extra calories and fats but still be able to eat normal meals with their family, nutritionists advise some of the following: adding cheese or butter to mashed potatoes, adding dried fruits and nuts to breakfast cereals, adding diced ham or hard boiled eggs to dishes to increase protein intake, and eating regular snacks between meals. Find out more about nutrition and cystic fibrosis here.

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