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Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is the most common life-threatening inherited condition in Ireland. Thick secretions block the lungs and the duct that carries important enzymes (proteins that help breakdown food) to the gut. Thick mucus in the gut affects the body’s ability to breakdown and absorb nutrients especially fats and proteins. However capsules that contain enzymes can be taken at mealtimes to help break down food. Chest infections are common. The body needs more energy to fight infection but often appetite is poor.

It is not always possible to eat enough to meet the body’s higher needs and oral nutritional supplements or a liquid feed given through a tube via the nose or directly into the stomach can be used. Sometimes people with CF have their tube feed at night time and eat as much as they are able during the day. A dietitian will work out how much feed is needed and help advise on how it can fit around life at home, at work or at school.

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