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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:
Most specialized cystic fibrosis treatment centers have
dietitians who will work with you and your doctor to
develop a plan for what kinds of foods and vitamins you need.
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.
June 15, 2011
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & Susanna McColley, MD - Pediatric Pulmonology
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