Pancreatic Insufficiency

More than 85 percent of patients with CF have pancreatic insufficiency. This can lead to varying difficulties with digesting and absorbing nutrients from food.  As a result, many people with CF find it a challenge to maintain and gain weight.  It can also lead to vitamin and mineral deficiencies which can affect many different systems in the body. 

Supplementing with enough pancreatic enzyme replacement can be a tricky thing.  Your Dietitian, Pharmacist and Doctor will help to optimize your pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy (PERT) to help you digest your food properly.  Some of the symptoms of inadequate PERT are bulky stools, loose stools, foul smelling stools, greasy stools, pale looking stools, abdominal cramping, bloating, flatulence and difficulty with maintaining or gaining weight despite adequate intakes. The CF Dietitians across Canada wrote an excellent information page. 

Cystic Fibrosis related Diabetes (CFRD):

As people are living longer with CF, some other conditions like impaired glucose tolerance and diabetes are becoming more common. 

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Bone Health

Osteopenia and osteoporosis is a condition in which the bones become more porous.

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Parenthood

Many of our patients are living full lives including having families.

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Transplant

Transplant is a treatment option some of our patients may wish to explore.

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