Healthy Living

Weight Gain May Prolong Protection from Worsening Symptoms Among Cystic Fibrosis Patients

No simple task

After reading about the results, it would be easy to say that cystic fibrosis patients should just gain weight and then they would be able to better fight their symptoms, with longer intervals from pain. Voilà! However, it is important to keep in mind that it is usually extremely difficult for those with cystic fibrosis to gain weight.

Why is this? Those with cystic fibrosis experience a buildup of sticky, thick mucus throughout the body. Because of this, it is extremely difficult to absorb necessary fat and nutrients. Even without an attempt to gain weight, cystic fibrosis patients have to maintain a diet that is high in calories and fat simply to keep their standard weight. 

Despite the intake of pancreatic enzymes, people with cystic fibrosis still have trouble breaking down what they eat and absorbing necessary nutrients. Not only that, but coughing and fighting infections are daily battles for those living with CF. Unfortunately, these activities burn even more of those necessary calories, making it even harder to gain weight. 

However, maintaining a healthy weight and, in this case, increasing it are absolutely vital to the health of cystic fibrosis patients. Therefore, it is necessary to find ways to attempt to maintain and gain weight, regardless of how difficult the process might be.