4 Common Misconceptions About Cystic Fibrosis

3. People with cystic fibrosis should not worry about what they eat.

Due to the limitations CF  brings to its patients, maintaining a healthy weight may be a difficult task, and even in the case of a normal weight, patients may not be getting the right nutrition. With children, it’s particularly problematic since the lack of proper nutrition may compromise normal growth and development.

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4. The future is not bright for patients with cystic fibrosis and their families.

Children who are born today with CF have a completely different prognosis from those born more than 30 years ago.

According to the NIH, “in 1962, the predicted median survival for CF patients was about 10 years, with few surviving into their teenage years.”

And researchers are not giving up. For example, learn how Vertex Continues to Pursue Broad Range of Therapies for Cystic Fibrosis Patients

There are still a lot of organizations or people doing remarkable work either in research or alongside patients and their families which you can help directly or bring awareness to.

If we came this far in half a decade, imagine where we’ll be 50 years from now.

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