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How Cystic Fibrosis Affects Your Digestive System — an article on the Smart Living Network
April 19, 2010 at 6:23 AMComments: 8 Faves: 0

How Cystic Fibrosis Affects Your Digestive System

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In America, approximately 30,000 adults and children suffer from cystic fibrosis, an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system. Cystic fibrosis is caused by a defective gene whose protein product causes the body to generate unusually thick, sticky mucus which:

  • obstructs your pancreas, stopping natural enzymes from helping the digestive system break down and absorb food nutrients, and
  • fills your lungs with fluid that leads to life threatening lung infections.

In the early 50s, a small number of children with cystic fibrosis lived long enough to attend elementary school. Today, with advances in natural supplements research have further enhanced and extended the life for adults and children suffering from cystic fibrosis. Many individuals with cystic fibrosis can now look forward to living beyond the age of 30, 40, and possibly even older. Cystic fibrosis is the production of abnormal thick mucus blocking the ducts or passageways to the pancreas preventing healthy digestive juices from entering the intestines, making it almost impossible to digest proteins and fats. Therefore, nutrients are not being absorbed as they pass through the body. Those suffering from cystic fibrosis can get help controlling their digestive problems by taking natural digestive enzymes and nutritional supplements.

How Cystic Fibrosis Affects Your Digestive System

Those who live with cystic fibrosis suffer from a lack of digestive enzymes in the intestines, which prevents your system from digesting food properly - predominantly fats and proteins. Approximately 90% of adults and children continue to experience digestive problems within the first year of diagnosis, and approximately 59% are affected during their infancy.

Cystic fibrosis, like many other diseases, causes a lack of nutrition to the body. Those who suffer from cystic fibrosis experience a lack of normal or healthy digestive system growth. Without proper natural digestive enzymes, those who suffer from this disease usually experience unhealthy weight loss and difficulty gaining and maintaining weight.

A common treatment for an individual with cystic fibrosis is to stick to a strict lifestyle management regimen to prevent future health complications. Aside from drinking plenty of liquids to loosen the mucus in their lungs and regular exercise, cystic fibrosis patients need to avoid dust and smoke-filled places.

Knowing how cystic fibrosis affects your digestive system is essential, but more important is understanding how to prevent future complications. As cystic fibrosis further damages your digestive system, the disease intensifies and you will find it difficult to breathe. The difficulty can vary according to something as simple as a change in the weather.

Prevention is the best medicine for cystic fibrosis. Although today there is no known cure, there are natural supplements for cystic fibrosis. Natural dietary supplements provide your digestive system with the proper enzymes needed to process food and decrease the intensity of cystic fibrosis. Doctors can prescribe medications to reduce the intensity of cystic fibrosis, but side effects are often associated with these.

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8 Comments

  • My son has CF and I am looking for a natural enzyme as opposed to the drugs. I need to know what the lipase units are to compare. He currently takes about 30,000 lipase units per meal.

    thanks

  • Hello Melissa,

    Many people have found help through our digestive enzyme product, Prolipamy. It is a natural product that promotes nutrient digestion and absorption. You can find more information here:

    http://www.prolipamy.com/

    All the best!

  • [...] Prevention is the best medicine for cystic fibrosis. Although, today there is no known cure there are natural supplements for cystic fibrosis. Natural dietary supplements provide your digestive system the proper enzymes needed to process food and decrease the intensity of cystic fibrosis. (http://www.hellolife.net/explore/digestive-enzymes/how-cystic-fibrosis-affects-your-digestive-system...) [...]

  • i hav cystic fibrosis??????supposedly i was sick when i was a child diagnosed at 7 by 3 hospitals in ireland was on creon which made me sicker i gave up my medication at 15 n was usin cannabis since my lung cap is 93or4 out of100 1m 30 know still takr no meds was i wrongfuly diagnosed as my mother n feather never were?

  • Hi Andrew,

    We are sorry to hear about your troubles. Unfortunately, we cannot help you with your specific situation here, as we are not doctors or medical professionals.

    The best thing you can do if you have any concerns regarding your diagnosis is to talk to your doctor. He or she will be able to help you directly.

    All the best!

  • how and where can i get my mother and father tested i wont go a near my proffessor in st vincents ireland my mother wrote to him last year personaly and he never got bk and wont come to the phone i feel like goin to newspaper but thers wosre off kids than me any suggestions would b grateful

  • Hello again Andrew,

    Here are some links that you might find helpful:

    http://www.cff.org/AboutCF/Testing/

    http://www.cfri.ie/locations.php

    We hope that gives you some of the information you might be looking for!

  • Hi Connor,

    Here is the report of a study that you may find helpful:

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9453379

    All the best to you and your family!

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