Eating well is important for anyone who wants to stay healthy, but it’s especially true for those living with CF.
If you suffer from CF, you have a deficiency in your pancreas. Due to multiple other symptoms, this deficiency causes you to produce fewer enzymes. These enzymes help you digest food and absorb nutrients and fat, so you’ll feel the effects when these enzymes are limited. This deficiency can manifest in various different ways, including irregular stool, gas, and bloating or your body may not get enough protein, fat, and calories.
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Because of that, it can be hard to maintain a healthy weight and to ensure you’re getting all the nutrients you need. If you’re worried about your diet, seek advice from your medical team. They’ll know a lot about important details including the necessary vitamins, minerals and enzymes your body needs.
It’s generally recommended that patients suffering from CF take pancreatic enzymes with every meal (even snacks), which will help the body better absorb food. It’s also a good idea for CF patients to fit vitamins like A, D, E, and K, along with extra calcium into their diets.
Eat when you feel hungry and if possible, split the three big meals into several smaller meals per day, along with a few nutritious snacks in between. In regards to the actual content of the meals, focus on extra calories and proteins. If you’re not lactose intolerant, dairy products are going to be a big part of your diet. Add cheese to regular foods, use whole milk or cream when cooking food or making drinks. Mashed potatoes are a good choice as well as casseroles. Vegetables, rice, pasta, tuna, shrimp, beef, chicken, fish and peanut butter are also a part of those much-needed calories and proteins.
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