March 26, 2010

Cystic Fibrosis Diet

Diet for those with Cystic Fibrosis

Most people have to make conscience decisions to stay away from fatty foods and those with high caloric content. The exact opposite is true in fact for Cystic Fibrosis (CF) patients. The disease causes the pancreas to not work correctly, thus the body doesn’t get enough glucose since the pancreas isn’t making insulin. The body is then forced to maintain the status quo by using its naturally existing fat levels as an energy source. Since individuals with CF are prone to infection, foods high in Zinc should also be consumed, as it aids in the recovery process. A healthy diet to a CF patient is can be considered extremely unhealthy for someone without the disease. Here is a list of some foods CF patients can eat on a daily basis:


-Cheese
-Pastries
-Pizza
-Butter
-Cheeseburgers and fries


Those with CF also need to make sure they consume a number of vitamins and minerals:


-Iron
-Sodium
-Zinc


Patients, as referenced earlier are prone to infection. They will be using antibiotics frequently. Iron helps to not only prevent infection, but also increases the amount of oxygen which the body can carry in the bloodstream.  Natural amounts of sodium are depleted in CF sufferers. Sodium is very important in the body. Salty and/or high sodium foods need to be consumed throughout the day. It is especially important if there has been exercise and sweating has occurred. Sports drinks are also a good idea.  And finally Zinc; like Iron, Zinc works to fight off infection. The mineral also assists in healthy bodily growth. This is especially important since CF slows the process.
What most people would view as a dream diet, CF sufferers must consume. No light meals. And lots of fat. It will ensure the longevity and health of the CF patient.