People with cystic fibrosis who take digestive enzymes can eat many of the same foods as anyone else. But people with cystic fibrosis will generally need to eat more calories each day, on average, than people who do not have the disease. Eating high-calorie, nutritious foods is important for increasing or maintaining weight and providing energy. Eating well can also strengthen the immune system and the muscles used for breathing.
Consider trying any of the following:
Work with a dietitian and your doctor to make a plan for the kinds of foods and vitamins you need.
It is important for people who have cystic fibrosis to keep track of their weight at home. Losing weight can be a sign that they are not getting all the nutrients they need.
If a person who has cystic fibrosis is not able to get all the vitamins and nutrients his or her body needs to stay healthy, a feeding tube may be needed.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - PediatricsBrian D. O'Brien, MD - Internal MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerSusanna McColley, MD - Pediatric PulmonologyR. Steven Tharratt, MD, MPVM, FACP, FCCP - Pulmonology, Critical Care Medicine, Medical Toxicology
Current as ofJuly 26, 2016
Current as of: July 26, 2016
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
& Brian D. O'Brien, MD - Internal Medicine & Susanna McColley, MD - Pediatric Pulmonology & R. Steven Tharratt, MD, MPVM, FACP, FCCP - Pulmonology, Critical Care Medicine, Medical Toxicology
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