symptoms of cystic fibrosisSymptoms of Cystic Fibrosis

The thick and sticky mucus associated with cystic fibrosis clogs the tubes that carry air in and out of your lungs. This can cause:

  • A persistent cough that produces thick (sputum) mucus
  • Wheezing
  • Breathlessness
  • Exercise intolerance
  • Repeated lung infections
  • Inflamed nasal passages or a stuffy nose

The thick mucus can also block tubes that carry digestive enzymes from your pancreas to your small intestine. Without these digestive enzymes, your intestines can’t fully absorb the nutrients in the food you eat. The result is often:

  • Foul-smelling, greasy stools
  • Poor weight gain and growth
  • Intestinal blockage, particularly in newborns
  • Severe constipation

CFRD – Diabetes

Cystic Fibrosis-Related Diabetes (CFRD) is a unique type of diabetes. It is not the same as diabetes in people without CF. The diagnosis and treatment is not exactly the same. CFRD is extremely common in people with CF especially as they get older.

With early diagnosis and proper treatment, CFRD can be managed successfully.

Many with CFRD do not know they have it until they are tested for it. Some common symptoms are increased thirst and urination which can be caused from high blood sugar levels known as hyperglycemia, excessive fatigue, weight loss and decline in lung functions.

CFRD must be treated to help keep glucose and normal levels, thus you will see weight gain, maintain muscle mass, feel better have more energy.

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