Nutrition with CF: An overview
In addition to problems with lung function, people with CF have a hard time absorbing nutrients from the food that they eat. This is because CF results in thickened secretions from the pancreas and gallbladder which make digestion and absorption of food and nutrients difficult. Specifically, people with CF have a hard time getting the right amounts of fats, protein, and vitamins A, D, E, and K. Pancreatic function also tends to get worse with age. With all of these road blocks to proper nutrition in patients with CF, it is important that they consume the right foods so that they are not inhibiting their nutrition even more.